Forward Romelu Lukaku completed his return to Chelsea from Inter Milan, where he was Serie A champion last season.
The deal is believed to be worth € 115 million, sources told ESPN last week, after Chelsea turned down an offer for the Belgian international earlier in the window.
The Champions League winners were eager to sign a forward this summer and explored signing Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur and Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund before signing Lukaku.
“I am happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club,” Lukaku said in a statement. “It has been a long road for me: I came here when I was a child who had a lot to learn, now I come back with a lot of experience and more mature.
“The relationship I have with this club means a lot to me, as you know. I have supported Chelsea as a child and now being back and trying to help them win more titles is an incredible feeling.
“‘The way the club is running fits perfectly with my ambitions at 28 and fresh out of winning Serie A. I think this opportunity comes at the right time and I hope we can be very successful together.
“Since I left Chelsea, it has been a long journey with many ups and downs, but these experiences made me strong and the challenge is trying to help the team win more trophies. I can’t wait to get started and help the club achieve more success. “.
The 28-year-old Lukaku has scored 47 goals in 72 appearances for Inter since arriving from Manchester United on a € 80 million contract in 2019.
The forward began his career at Anderlecht before first moving to Chelsea in 2011, where he enjoyed a loan to West Bromwich Albion and Everton. Lukaku then signed permanently at Everton and later moved to Old Trafford in 2017.
He helped Inter win their first Serie A title in more than a decade in the 2020-21 season, where he scored 30 goals in all competitions and was named the league’s MVP.
“Romelu Lukaku is simply one of the best strikers and scorers in the world,” said Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia. “We are absolutely delighted to bring him back to the club he loves, and we are excited to add his talents to our Champions League winning team.”