Why Chelsea are set to pay another £117m for record signing Romelu Lukaku

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Chelsea have reportedly broken their current wage structure to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the club.

The Belgian forward completed a £98million club-record switch from Inter Milan on Thursday evening, returning to Stamford Bridge seven years after he originally departed for Everton.

Lukaku has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, with Thomas Tuchel having secured a much sought-after centre-forward as the Blues attempt to defend their Champions League crown and also cut the gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Of course, the fee to bring the 28-year-old back to the Premier League is considerable and is only dwarfed by the £100million fee that Pep Guardiola recently forked out to prise Jack Grealish out of Aston Villa.

The spending does not end there for Chelsea though, with the Blues having reportedly broken their current wage structure to convince Lukaku to swap the San Siro for Stamford Bridge.

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As per The Athletic, the Belgian is set to receive between £325,000 and £450,000 per week throughout the duration of his contract with bonuses and image rights taken into account.

Should he remain as a Chelsea player throughout that time, then he could be set to receive approximately £117million in wages.

When coupled with his considerable transfer fee, it means that the Blues could be set fork out around £214million just to bring him to the club.

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Lukaku’s wages are also now reportedly by far and away the largest at the club. Previous top earner N’Golo Kante is apparently paid £290,000 per week having penned a new and improved Chelsea deal in 2018.

He still has two years left to go on that current contract.

Considering the immense investment that the Blues have put into Lukaku, they will certainly be hoping that he can start repaying that fee sooner rather than later.

Source by Football London

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