Chelsea SMASHED their wage record to land Romelu Lukaku – See Full Details
Romelu Lukaku has overtaken N’Golo Kante as Chelsea’s top earner following his mega-money move from Inter Milan.
Chelsea completed their £98million swoop for the 28-year-old on Thursday, with the European champions finally landing the elite goalscorer that Thomas Tuchel has sought after this summer.
Lukaku re-joins the Blues having left for Everton in 2013 for £28m, and returns to the club a player transformed from the raw talent that failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge.
And according to The Athletic, Lukaku comes back to West London as the highest earner in Tuchel’s squad, with the Belgian’s salary dwarfing new team-mate Kante’s £290,000-per-week wage.
The outlet reports that, once image rights and bonuses are taken into account, Lukaku is set to pocket somewhere between £325,000 and £450,00-per-week at Chelsea.
Lukaku’s wage could be as much as £160,000-per-week greater than Kante’s, while it puts him in the upper echelons of the Premier League’s best earners, although it remains unclear exactly where the Belgian sits inside the top ten.
Lukaku, who had led Inter Milan to the Scudetto last season, was understood to have been happy to remain in Italy this season, but the club’s financial predicament made Chelsea’s £98m bid an offer too good to refuse.
The 28-year-old has unfinished business in England, having left United without making the impact he had hoped.
His exploits in Italy, plus the seismic transfer sum paid and earnings he will pocket, sends a clear message that the Belgian returns with lofty expectations to storm the goalscoring charts for the Blues.
‘I’m happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club,’ Lukaku told the club’s official website.
‘It’s been a long journey for me: I came here as a kid who had a lot to learn, now I’m coming back with a lot of experience and more mature.
‘The relationship I have with this club means so much to me, as you know. I have supported Chelsea as a kid and now to be back and try to help them win more titles is an amazing feeling.
‘The way the club is going fits my ambitions perfectly at 28 and just coming off winning Serie A. I think this opportunity comes at the right time and hopefully we can have a lot of success together.
‘Since I left Chelsea, it’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but these experiences made me strong and the challenge is to try to help the team win some more trophies. I can’t wait to get started and to help the club achieve more success.’
Lukaku is set to wear the No 18 shirt for the Blues – the same number he was given when he first joined as a teenager from Anderlecht almost a decade ago.