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Romelu Lukaku is set to become Chelsea’s headline signing of this summer’s transfer window. The Belgium international has spent the last two years lighting up Serie A with Inter Milan but, now, a Premier League return beckons. And he’ll be out to prove Manchester United were wrong to let him go once his move to Stamford Bridge is officially confirmed.
Chelsea could announce Lukaku as early as today.
They’ve spent the last two weeks embroiled in talks with Inter Milan over the forward, who is expected to replace Tammy Abraham in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Chelsea have agreed to pay close to £100million to bring the Belgium international back to Stamford Bridge, a decade after he first moved to west London.
And, now, the onus will be on Lukaku to prove his doubters wrong.
One person he’ll want to make a point to when he returns to England is Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who allowed him to leave for Inter two years ago.
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Romelu Lukaku struggled under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Man Utd spell (Image: GETTY)
Romelu Lukaku is set to become Chelsea’s record signing this transfer window (Image: GETTY)
“Once I learned that [Ole Gunnar] Solsjkaer planned to put me on the wing, then I knew my time at Manchester United was over.”
Speaking in March 2020, however, Lukaku made it clear he didn’t have any issues with Solskjaer – who apparently wanted him to stay.
In a YouTube interview with Ian Wright, Lukaku said: “One bad year can happen to everybody in their career.
“It was just done for me. You know what happened behind the scenes, it was just done. For me, it was done.
“It was a difficult situation where for myself I had to make a decision where I have to go somewhere where I can learn other aspects of my game and work with somebody that wanted me as well.
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Romelu Lukaku has flourished for Inter Milan ever since Man Utd exit (Image: GETTY)
“Ole wanted me to stay, but I told him I was over. I didn’t have the energy. All credit to him because he’s been a man and he helped me make the move away.”
Lukaku then said at the time that Solskjaer was doing a ‘good job’ in the United dugout.
“They’re going the right way because they’re bringing in the right players,” Lukaku said.
“Ole is doing a good job and the results are going for them. I’m wishing them nothing but the best.
“It’s a club that gave me a platform that I’ve never seen in my life, so for me to be disrespectful about Man U or any other club I played for in England I think is a bit childish.
“I think I went past that stage of talking back to people.”
Romelu Lukaku is returning to Chelsea 10 years after he first joined (Image: GETTY)
And, in a Twitter Q&A back in February this year, Lukaku went as far to say he ‘loves’ Solskjaer.
“He is doing great,” he said.
“You guys have to know I love him as a manager and as a person and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Now, however, Lukaku will be focused on firing Chelsea to title glory.
And he’ll be determined to prove that United’s loss will be Tuchel’s gain, especially after taking his game to new levels in Italy.