Romelu Lukaku is set to join Chelsea for £97.5million after striking a deal with Inter Milan. However, due to a clause in his contract, Chelsea will net a small fee remuneration.
Chelsea are set to earn a small fraction of the transfer fee, as they are part of a compensation scheme that will see Lukaku’s former clubs (aged 12-23) earn five percent of the total cost.
According to Belgian reporter Kristof Terreur, the compensation scheme will mean that Chelsea will land a cool 2m in fees from the transfer.
In an unusual turn of events, it appears Chelsea will essentially be scoring a small discount on the purchase of the brilliant striker.
Lukaku has been the number one target for Chelsea this summer, as they have been desperate to sign a striker due to their profligacy in front of goal last season.
Erling Haaland appeared to be an early target. Still, according to reports, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke refused to listen to offers under €170m, despite a release clause between €75-100m activating from next summer.
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However, Lukaku proved himself to be the Blues’ priority target and are very near to landing their man if reports of a deal nearing £100m are believed.
Lukaku, who has scored freely in his two years in Italy, has proven his worth in the Premier League.
His best single-season haul came in his first season at United in 2017/18 when he bagged an astonishing 27 times.
It is hoped The Blues will finalise Lukaku’s return within the next 72 hours ahead of Chelsea’s Super Cup tie with Villarreal.
Personal terms have also been agreed, paving the way for the transfer, with the Belgian reportedly requesting the Inter board to accept any suitable offers.
Lukaku left Chelsea in 2014 after three years at the club, where he only made ten league appearances.
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