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Romelu Lukaku Undergoes Chelsea Medical Ahead of Club-Record £97.5m Transfer From Inter

By Amreen
Lukaku reportedly having medical at Chelsea ahead of move
Lukaku reportedly having medical at Chelsea ahead of move / Nicolò Campo/Getty Images
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Romelu Lukaku has reportedly completed his medical in Milan ahead of his club-record £97.5million move to Chelsea set to be announced officially in the coming days.

Lukaku left Chelsea in 2014 after making just 15 appearances following his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Anderlecht in 2011. Successful spells at Everton and Manchester United followed before he made the move to Inter in 2019.

He scored 24 goals in Serie A last season, helping the Nerazzurri to their first Scudetto in 11 years, and sparking interest from several top clubs in Europe.

However, according to reports, Chelsea are leading the race to land the 28-year-old, with boss Thomas Tuchel admitting a deal was close. He also stressed that the No 9 role is an area the club are looking to strengthen after Olivier Giroud left the club to join Milan.

"We lost Olivier Giroud who played a crucial role in the club," Tuchel told Sky Sports. "He was the kind of profile who likes to play with his back to goal, who likes to hold up balls, who creates space for Werner, Havertz, Pulisic; who is ready to fight physically with defenders.

"This is the kind of profile that we don't have in our squad right now and that we are looking for. It's still not the moment to talk about names because we have nobody signed yet and we will show all the respect to other clubs.

"Romelu is one of the guys like Haaland at Dortmund, Lewandowski at Bayern, Harry Kane at Tottenham, who is a real No 9 who loves to score and who has a presence in the box. That is not a secret. The sentence [Tuchel describing Lukaku as a 'fantastic player'] is easy to repeat for any coach in the world.

"But [his] is the kind of profile we're looking for and if it is possible to convince agents and clubs we will do our best.""This is the kind of profile that we don't have in our squad right now and that we are looking for. It's still not the moment to talk about names because we have nobody signed yet and we will show all the respect to other clubs.

"Romelu is one of the guys like Haaland at Dortmund, Lewandowski at Bayern, Harry Kane at Tottenham, who is a real No 9 who loves to score and who has a presence in the box. That is not a secret. The sentence [Tuchel describing Lukaku as a 'fantastic player'] is easy to repeat for any coach in the world. But [his] is the kind of profile we're looking for and if it is possible to convince agents and clubs we will do our best."

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