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Lukaku arrives in London to complete Chelsea move – reports

Belgian international Romelu Lukaku arrived in London to complete what would be a club record signing by Chelsea for the Inter Milan striker, British and Italian media reported on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old is set for a £97.5-million move from Serie A to the Champions League holders.

Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport reported Lukaku flew to London’s Biggin Hill airport by private jet from Nice with his agent Federico Pastorello after spending the afternoon in Monaco.

Britain’s Sky Sports television reported he had a medical in Milan earlier in the week and was set to sign a five-year contract.

Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger described Lukaku as a “beast” to handle for defenders with the Belgian closing in on a return to Stamford Bridge for a reported club record fee of £97 million.

Lukaku is expected to complete his move from Inter Milan ahead of the start of the Premier League season this weekend, but will not be in the Chelsea squad for Wednesday’s Uefa Super Cup final against Villarreal in Belfast.

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“I’m not in the position to announce anything,” said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel ahead of the European champions first competitive match of the campaign.

“We have discussed how we can improve the squad, which is not easy.

“With Olivier Giroud leaving the club we miss a certain profile of attacker and then we need to wait and see what’s possible, but we are not in a panic. We are happy to work with and arrive with the team like it will be tomorrow.”

Lukaku was on Chelsea’s books for three years between 2014 and 2017, but made just 15 appearances as he spent two of those three seasons on loan at West Brom and Everton before joining the latter on a permanent deal.

Lukaku scored 24 league goals in the 2020-21 season to help Inter clinch their first Serie A title in 11 years.

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