Chelsea has struck a deal with Inter Milan to sign Romelu Lukaku. According to Fabrizio Romano, Inter Milan has accepted a €115m bid from Chelsea. There isn’t any player swap in this deal like reported earlier. Romelu Lukaku shall resign with Chelsea after 10 years since joining the club for the first time.
Romelu Lukaku last season won the title with Inter Milan. He had scored 24 and assisted 11 goals while having 1.7 shots on target per 90. He also had a goal conversion rate of 25% and had 2.7 shots per 90. While at Inter Milan, he played as in a 2-ST pairing beside Lautaro Martinez. Romelu Lukaku is valued at €90m by Transfermarkt. His strengths are stated as the following
- Penalty Taking
- Aerial Duels
- Headed Attempts
Romelu Lukaku had signed with Chelsea in 2011 for a fee of £13.50m from Anderlecht. From 2012-2014 he was sent on loan to West Brom and Everton. While at West Brom he scored 17 goals and assisted 4. He was sold to Everton for £31.82m. While at Everton, he scored 68 goals and assisted 24 goals. During the summer Transfer Marker of 2017, Chelsea and Manchester United were in a bidding war for Lukaku. Manchester United successfully signed him to the club for a fee of £76.23m. While there he scored 28 goals and assisted 7 goals in two seasons. In 2019 he was sold to Inter Milan for £66.60m. In these two seasons, he went on to score 47 and assist 13 goals.
Why have Chelsea decided to Sign a Striker like Romelu Lukaku this season?
Last season Chelsea had two top goal scorers, Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham. Both of them scored 12 goals. Due to this Chelsea have been not scoring enough goals even when their xG was higher. With a talented forward like Romelu Lukaku, the club can challenge the title. According to FBREF, Romelu Lukaku is in the top 90% of strikers in Europe in the following stats. (Per 90).
- Non-penalty Expected Goals
- Expected assists
- Shot Creating Chances
- Touches in the penalty box
- Progressive passes received
In a 3-4-2-1 formation, Romelu Lukaku can play as the Striker who plays as a Target Man. In a 3-4-1-2, he can play beside Timo Werner with Kai Havertz as the central-attacking-midfielder. Timo Werner with his pace can pick up the second ball and run past the defensive line.
With this Chelsea seem to be a formidable force to be reckoned with. It must be said, the expectations from the club to win the league is much higher now. It will only be time if we see Chelsea do a double or win the Premier League next season.