Report: Chelsea just £10m away from securing Abramovich's dream signing this summer

Chelsea and Inter Milan are edging ever closer to agreeing on a major deal for the transfer of Romelu Lukaku.

According to the Independent, the two clubs are £10m away from finalising a potential record-breaking agreement for the centre-forward.

The Blues are preparing to offer £130m (Independent), with every other piece of the puzzle already in place.

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Chelsea are planning to pay Lukaku £250,000-a-week, making him the second-highest earner behind N’Golo Kante.

It would make the Belgian the most expensive Stamford Bridge recruit, not to mention smashing the British transfer record.

Roman Abramovich is set to have finally landed his ultimate signing, having reportedly personally pushed this move for at least two months (EuroSport).

Although Inter do not want to relinquish their striker’s signature, they will struggle to refuse such a lucrative pay cheque.

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Lukaku is seemingly ready for his potential return to Chelsea, half a decade since his last appearance.

He is no longer the boy who failed to score in any of his 15 games for the Blues.

210 goals later for West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Manchester United, and Inter later, the 28-year-old is back with a vengeance.

If Tammy Abraham is sold before the window closes, Lukaku will likely take the no.9 jersey to truly complete his legacy.

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Or, he could take the vacant no.18 shirt left by Olivier Giroud, his original number before moving to Everton.

Perhaps that particular top has too many negative connotations attached; no.9 suits him much better.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.