The Belgian made his debut for Chelsea a decade ago when he was a teenager. But it was too early back then to fill Didier Drogba’s boots.
He made just 15 appearances for Chelsea and was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion and Everton before signing a permanent contract with the Toffees.
The center-forward excelled at Everton, scoring 87 goals and providing 29 assists in 166 appearances. He played two seasons with Manchester United before settling in at Inter with an impressive 61 goals in just 91 appearances in all competitions.
Chelsea pay the price for impatience
Chelsea will have to smash their transfer record if they want to bring Lukaku back to west London.
Inter Milan are desperate to keep hold of the striker whom they value at £105 million. Chelsea are looking to test Inter by first making a £90m bid.
Lukaku has been vital to Antonio Conte’s side this season, scoring the league’s second high number of goals (21) and leading the team to the top of the table. Inter is poised to win their first Serie A title in more than a decade.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are looking to right a previous wrong by bringing Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel is a big fan of Lukaku, a far more mature player than he was during his first stint at Chelsea.
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