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Inter Milan’s Chelsea debt will see Blues land Romelu Lukaku discount

Tuchel coy when quizzed on Chelsea's Lukaku links

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Chelsea are set to sign Romelu Lukaku for just under £100m after striking an agreement with Inter Milan. However, due to a compensation scheme, the Blues will see a small return in fees.

Chelsea are set to receive €2m back in fees from their own transfer offer after landing an agreement with Inter Milan for Lukaku.

Thomas Tuchel has been desperate to sign a striker this summer with the likes of Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham disappointing him.

Erling Haaland had been the top target but Borussia Dortmund did not want to sell the Norwegian, especially after losing Jadon Sancho in the same transfer window.

A £150m fee might have tempted them into a sale but the added costs – namely wages and agent fees to Mino Raiola – made the deal borderline impossible.

It has led the Blues to make a move for Lukaku, who has been in fine form for Inter Milan.

He led them to their first Serie A title in 10 years after scoring 30 times in all competitions last season.

A £97m fee has been agreed for the Belgian, who will return to Stamford Bridge nearly a decade after signing for the first time.

Back then, he was just 18 as he made the move to the Premier League and will join as a homegrown player as a result.

According to Belgian reporter Kristof Terreur, a compensation scheme means that Chelsea will receive €2m in fees from the transfer as a result.

It effectively means the west London club are getting a small discount on the transfer they are forking out for.

Anderlecht will also see a windfall in cash having brought the player up through their academy.

As well as Lukaku, Chelsea are desperate to sign a midfielder and a centre-back with Aurelien Tchouameni and Jules Kounde on their shortlist.

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