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done deal Final details ironed out as Romelu Lukaku prepares to become a Chelsea player again


Romelu Lukaku is set to rejoin Chelsea for £97.5million (PA Wire via Belga)

Romelu Lukaku is set to rejoin Chelsea for £97.5million (PA Wire via Belga)

Romelu Lukaku is set to rejoin Chelsea for £97.5million (PA Wire via Belga)

Romelu Lukaku will complete his move to Chelsea ahead of their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday, after the last details on his move were finalised.

Chelsea have been pushing to finalise their move for Lukaku after agreement was struck with Inter Milan for the transfer of the Belgian striker last week.

Yet hopes that the club's record signing would be signed in time for him to play in Wednesday night's UEFA Super Cup match against Villarreal in Belfast were thwarted as the paperwork for the move took time to be finalised.

Now Lukaku, who is expected to be given the No.9 shirt when he re-joined the club he first signed for in 2011, is set to complete the move imminently, with an announcement expected at some point on Thursday.

Lukaku's first spell at Chelsea was unsuccessful, but the 28-year-old is set to return as a proven performer who will offer Blues boss Thomas Tuchel the attacking option he craves.

Timo Werner struggled in his first season at Chelsea, so Lukaku will offer an alternative attacking threat that will allow Tuchel to vary his tactics.

“Romelu Lukaku is a fantastic player but he’s an Inter player and, with all due respect, I will not talk about him in this situation,” said Tuchel.

“With the exit of Olivier Giroud, we could use a type of player who is used to playing with their back to the goal and can keep possession out of long balls as that means we can add this direct style of play to our portfolio.”

Tuchel’s description appeared to be describing Lukaku, with the sale of Tammy Abraham likely to be triggered by the Belgian’s arrival.

sundayworld.com understands that Abraham favours a move to Chelsea's London rivals Arsenal, but Jose Mourinho's Roma are also keen to sign the striker.

Chelsea’s eagerness to spend more than €100million on a player for the first time in the club’s history will be a bold statement, yet much of that outlay will be partially covered by player sales.

The west London club have collected in excess of €65million from the sale of fringe players this summer and Abraham could be worth another €40million.

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It’s a business model that has worked well for Chelsea in recent years and is now allowing Tuchel to finance mega-money moves to bolster his Champions League winning squad.

Now Tuchel will get a chance to add another trophy to his collection when Chelsea take on Unai Emery’s Villarreal in the Super Cup game on Wednesday and he is relishing the challenge.

“There is no nicer way to start the season than with a European final,” he added.

“I have huge respect for Villarreal and Unai Emery. They will have to call the UEFA Europa League the Unai Emery Trophy soon because he has won it so often (four times since 2013).

“I think they will approach this game feeling they have nothing to lose.

“We will be ready. I have given everyone Sunday off and from Monday we more or less start the preparation for the Super Cup.”

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