Marina Granovskaia delivers Romelu Lukaku transfer for Thomas Tuchel to dethrone Man City

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Thomas Tuchel has got his man Chelsea with the Blues set to announce the arrival of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan in the coming days

A deal has been agreed to bring Lukaku back for a sensational return to the club he left in 2014 after just 15 appearances for Chelsea in a deal that would smash the club’s transfer record, eclipsing the £72milion paid for Kai Havertz last summer and Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018.

After Man City splashed £100million on the signature of Jack Grealish on Thursday to obliterate the Premier League transfer record, the Blues look set to respond the only way they know how – by spending big too.

Lukaku is one of the top strikers in the world, of that there is no doubt. His last two years at Inter Milan have seen him plunder 64 goals in 95 games, in the prime of his career at the age of 28, and helping steer Inter Milan to their first Serie A title in a decade.

Lukaku, Harry Kane, Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski are regarded as the best in the business in terms of a pure striker. Obviously there’s Lionel Messi as well but when looking for a number nine, you want one of those four.

The Blues look to have got one of them in Lukaku, who will return to SW6 tasked with dethroning Man City from their domestic perch. No pressure.

It was Havertz who did the damage in Porto against Guardiola’s men, scoring the winner against City in the Champions League final. The German will now be dovetailing with the Belgian, no doubt very ably assisted by Mason Mount and Timo Werner.

Tuchel will have one of the most feared frontlines in Europe if and when the deal for Lukaku is completed. Sources say that Chelsea wanted it sorted before the end of play on Sunday, with an announcement early next week officially bringing Lukaku back to the club.

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Chelsea has remained very quiet on the transfer in recent days after it emerged that Chelsea had effectively abandoned their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Haaland. The Germans were always unlikely to sell this summer with Jadon Sancho having already departed to Manchester United.

Chelsea signing Lukaku effectively kills off any chance of going for Haaland next summer when he should be available for a lot less than the £150million quoted by Dortmund this year for any takers.

Chelsea’s biggest problem since Tuchel arrived was goalscoring. Werner’s struggles in front of goal continued from the Frank Lampard days, Havertz had mixed success as a false nine and the Blues’ excellent end to the season was often built on their incredibly sturdy defence with Tuchel having employed a back five.

Tammy Abraham suffered with injuries and a loss of form leading to missing out on matchday squads, while Olivier Giroud – as dependable as he was – wasn’t going to be a regular for Tuchel, who subsequently turned to Havertz in his hour of need.

The back five is likely to stick for this season as well with Tuchel having employed his bulked-up defence in all of the pre-season friendlies so far. Tuchel’s plans for the upcoming season, building on that stunning Champions League success, have been key to luring Lukaku back to the club he joined as an 18-year-old.

The lure of the Champions League reigning champions is one thing, but working for an elite coach in Tuchel, who has masterminded a wonderful turnaround in west London, is also a huge factor.

Roman Abramovich’s most trusted sidekick, Marina Granovskaia, has got a deal done. Chelsea initially wanted to put a player in as part of the deal but Inter held out for straight cash, which they have got.

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An added bonus for Chelsea is that Lukaku, who was with the club for three years between the ages of 18 and 21, will count as a homegrown player as per the Premier League guidelines.

Banging in goals for fun at the San Siro last season for Inter under former Blues boss Antonio Conte, who also operates a five-man defence with wing-backs, should mean that Chelsea’s system is not completely alien to Lukaku when he joins up with his new teammates.

Since he joined Everton permanently from Chelsea, Lukaku has failed to find the net at least 20 times in a season just once, which was his final campaign at Manchester United before he moved to Italy.

After the departure of Diego Costa in 2017, Chelsea have lacked a ruthless goalscorer as Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain came and went. Tammy Abraham has arguably been the best of the bunch but was sidelined by Tuchel towards the end of last season, while Giroud’s output cannot be ignored either.

Fixing the one area that was desperately needed this summer was of the utmost priority and Chelsea have done that. After City signed Grealish, the Blues needed to respond with a big move of their own. Tuchel wanted it done by the start of the new season to give his side the best chance of navigating through a brutal start to the campaign.

Tuchel revels in the pressure of managing a club like Chelsea with huge expectations, he had exactly the same at PSG and all of their superstar names. He’s seemingly got his man now, and the pressure is on.

Source by Football London

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