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Inter to accept Chelsea’s £110m Lukaku bid as contract agreed


Chelsea are poised to make a renewed bid for the striker in the region of £100-110million, which the Italian champions are expected to accept.

Lukaku has been open to a return to Stamford Bridge, seven years after leaving for Everton, so long as a fee could be agreed between the clubs.

While he was not prepared to agitate for a move, he has now made it clear that he wants to join Thomas Tuchel’s European champions and is expected to sign a five-year contract worth around £212,000-a-week.

Tuchel is eager to get his transfer business done swiftly with the new season rapidly approaching and informed the club before the end of the campaign of his requirements this summer.

A top-class centre forward was always his priority, with Erling Haaland quickly identified as his leading target.

But Borussia Dortmund’s reluctance to sell meant only an offer in the region of £150m would see Tuchel land the Norwegian.

Chelsea were prepared to explore the possibility of a compromise deal, but Dortmund were adamant they were under no pressure to sell after securing £73m from Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United.

Haaland will be available for a cut-price fee of around £63million next summer when a release clause kicks in, which has so far made suitors reluctant to spend so much more just 12 months earlier.

Lukaku was one of three main targets drawn up by Tuchel, with Harry Kane the third option – even if Chelsea knew a deal with Tottenham would be almost impossible to pull off.


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