Tuchel hails Lukaku real short number with £97.5m Chelsea return imminent

Lukaku's arrival has also pushed Tammy Abraham closer to the exit door, with Roma appearing as the frontrunners to recruit the England striker.

After Romelu Lukaku said his goodbyes to Inter Milan ahead of his £97.5 million move to Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel believes he has landed one of the world's most lethal attackers.

On Monday, the Belgium international conducted part of his physical in Italy before flying back to Stamford Bridge to complete the paperwork.

His arrival is expected to be confirmed before the European champions' first Premier League match of the season, which takes place on Saturday against Crystal Palace.

Lukaku's arrival has also pushed Tammy Abraham closer to the exit door, with Roma appearing as the frontrunners to recruit the England striker.

“Romelu is like [Erling] Haaland at Dortmund, [Robert] Lewandowski at Bayern Munich, Harry Kane at Tottenham, who is a true No9 who loves to score and has a presence in the box,” Tuchel added. That is not a hidden fact. Any coach in the world can easily repeat the speech.

“He fits the profile we're looking for, and if we can persuade agents and clubs, we'll do everything we can.”

Lukaku's return, seven years after leaving the club where he began his career as an academy starlet, is now only a matter of time.


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