Taking to Twitter early on Sunday morning, the Blues legend shared a mocked-up graphic of Lukaku in a Chelsea shirt with the caption ‘He’s coming home @RomeluLukaku9 @ChelseaFC.’
Belgium international Lukaku only made ten appearances for the west London club, albeit mostly in cup competitions, and was unable to find the back of the net during his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
Now he is reportedly heading to London to link up with his old pal Azpilicueta under ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel.
Lukaku was signed for a club record fee of £74m in August 2019 so the Italians weren’t simply going to let him go on the cheap.
It is understood Lukaku will earn around £212,000 a week at Stamford Bridge while Chelsea will pay a £97 million fee to the Nerazzurri.
And his deal could be completed in time for the Londoners to take on Villarreal on Wednesday afternoon in the UEFA Super Cup.
The Blues already boast some impressive firepower in their first team in Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, though their struggles in front of goal almost cost them dearly in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
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Speaking after Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham, Tuchel refused to be drawn on the subject, but he did admit that the Belgian striker is a ‘fantastic player’.
“I will not talk about players who don’t play in my squad,” he told Sports Illustrated.
“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.
“You can imagine a lot of players want to come and join but we will not talk about that.”
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