Chelsea officially signs Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after his teammate Thorgan Hazard scored his side's opening goal during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Belgium, at the Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Wolfgang Rattay, Pool via AP)

Chelsea has officially signed Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to a five-year contract and completed his transfer from Inter Milan, the team announced Thursday. BBC reports Chelsea acquired Lukaku for a club-record fee of £97.5 million (US$135 million).

Lukaku, 28, previously played at Chelsea from 2011 to 2014, but only made 15 appearances in which he failed to score, before leaving to Everton for a £28 million fee.

“I’m happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club,” said Lukaku in a press release. “It’s been a long journey for me: I came here as a kid who had a lot to learn, now I’m coming back with a lot of experience and more mature.”

The six-foot-three striker found his world-class form with the Toffees and went on to play for Manchester United from 2017 to 2019 before joining Inter Milan for the 2019-20 season.

Lukaku was a key player in the 2020-21 Serie A-winning Inter Milan side, contributing 24 goals and 11 assists in the league campaign. He became the first Serie A player with at least 20 goals and 10 assists in 15 years.

Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Lukaku began his senior career with Brussels-based club Anderlecht and has scored 64 goals in 98 games with the Belgian senior men’s national team — including four at Euro 2020.

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