Romelu Lukaku transfer
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Top-notch striker Romelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea is on the cards after the English club leaped over another obstacle to get close to signing him again.

A Sky Sports news report has suggested that Antonio Conte’s departure from Inter Milan will pave the way for Chelsea to strike a deal with the Serie A giants to bring the Belgian star back to Stamford Bridge.

Conte, who has served as the Chelsea manager in the past, reportedly left over the club’s financial requirements. He won the Milan Serie A title this season for the first time in over a decade.

During his brief stint with the Blues in the 2013/14 season, Lukaku made only two appearances, both as substitutes.

Thomas Tuchel, who replaced Frank Lampard as the Chelsea boss mid-season, now has his eyes on Lukaku. He wants to sign the 28-year-old as soon as possible to bolster his attack.

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The player himself hasn’t given any hints on the possible transfer. And looking at Tuchle’s achievements at Chelsea in his brief stay, the Blues management will be eager to hand him over the players he asks for.

As for Conte, leaving the club due to financial restraints, despite achieving glory with Inter Milan is a sight of despair for every football fanatic. Reportedly, the coach was unhappy that the team with which he achieved success would be altered by the management.

Inter Milan were looking to cut their budget owing to the pandemic losses and Conte was not having it. On social media, Lukaku reflected on Conte’s impact on his career, thanked him, and recalled their first-ever encounter.

“In 2014 we spoke for the first time, and we have had a bond ever since. You came at the right time and changed me as a player and made me even stronger mentally and more importantly, we won together,” the Belgian international wrote.

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How Lukaku can benefit under Tuchel

Lukaku has what it needs to excel in the Premier League. He has already proved his worth during his Everton and Manchester United stints during which he ran riot and scored a whopping amount of goals.

Now in his prime and under a new coach that values him highly, Lukaku is likely to become a regular starter for Tuchel’s men in no time.

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His partnerships with Hakim Ziyech and Olivier Giroud could pay dividends in the long run since all three of them are extremely lethal on their day.

Moreover, he doesn’t have to worry about tasting some Premier League success as Tuchel has already put such doubts to rest in his first season in charge.

The new Blues boss got the team to the FA Cup final and finished the league at fourth spot despite picking up the reigns when the team was languishing at 8. On top of it, he might end up winning the UEFA Champions League as well.

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Shayan is a Pakistan-based sports blogger with over three years of experience in journalism and sub-editing of sports-related pieces.

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