omelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea is set to make him the most expensive player ever in football.
The Inter Milan striker is close to re-joining Chelsea – ten years after first doing so – with Inter Milan accepting a £97.5million bid.
It means he will have cost the most in joint transfers ever, surpassing Neymar’s prior record of £246.6m, reports The Sun.
The Brazilian moved from Santos, to Barcelona and then PSG in a world-record £198m deal in 2017.
But with Lukaku now heading back to Stamford Bridge, it will see his total transfer fees rocket to £293.5m.
The forward started his career with Anderlecht in his homeland before signing for Chelsea for £10m in 2011.
But after three years, and just 15 games with no goals, Lukaku was sold to Everton for £28m in 2014.
Lukaku snubbed interest from Chelsea to move to Old Trafford, where he enjoyed mixed success as their No9.
He scored 42 goals in 96 matches but failed to fit in United’s style as he was again moved on.
Inter signed the Belgian for £74m in 2019 in a move which rejuvenated Lukaku.