Thomas Tuchel took over Chelsea from Frank Lampard and the German, made an instant impact. He made them quite stable in the league table and took them to the ultimate glory to win the Champions League. The blues looked abysmal sometime under Lampard but Tuchel weaved his magic to turn around for them and he is not satisfied at all so, he landed Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. The big Belgian was very hyped about his transfer back to his former club. His lethal goal-scoring was an integral part of Inter’s league win under Conte. It impressed the Chelsea management so they break the back for this big-money move. Romelu Lukaku’s rising net worth is another result of this mammoth transfer. Let’s take a look at his journey.
Romelu Lukaku: Early Life
Born on 13 May 1993, Romelu Lukaku’s football affair started in his hometown. He was at the youth academy of Lierse, a Belgian Pro League. Later, Belgian club Anderlecht bought him in their youth academy. In 2009 Lukaku signed a professional contract for the Belgian club. He spent 2 years there and impressed by his goal-scoring abilities, Chelsea signed him on a five-year contract for a fee reported being around €12 million (£10 million), rising to €20 million (£17 million) in add-ons. However, his career at Chelsea didn’t look certain as he didn’t game time. He was loaned to West Bromwich Albion. He impressed the whole league with his strength and goal poaching instincts. Everton signed him on loan after the season. This was the place where he really turned the eyes of the league biggies. The Toffees signed him on a permanent deal with Chelsea for a club-record fee of £28 million.
Big money move to Manchester:
His numbers were incredible in the Merseyside and Manchester United didn’t waste any time to land the in-form striker for a whopping £75 million, plus £15 million in add-ons. Jose Mourinho’s side was the biggest name for him to play for till now. He was very pumped up for his stint at Manchester, but things didn’t go according to plan. The Manchester side couldn’t win any significant silverware with him and Lukaku got a lot of stick despite a decent goal-scoring season. The following season turned out to be even worse for him as he wasn’t in his usual goal-scoring mode. And after not being an integral part of Solskjaer’s plan he decided to sign for Inter Milan for a fee of around €80 million.
Enroute to back at Chelsea:
Inter Milan was repaid every penny they paid for him as he was instrumental in their league win after a very long period. Lukaku looked very sharp under Conte and that impressed the Chelsea board heavily. And the Blues paid a reported club-record fee of £97.5 million to sign him back. As of now, he is considered among the richest footballers around as he has an estimated net worth of €60 Million. He signed a 5 year / £84,500,000 contract with the Chelsea F.C., including an annual average salary of £16,900,000. He is the highest wage earner in this Chelsea side and deservedly so.
He started his new stint at Chelsea with a lot of firepowers. And it is looking very bright for the Chelsea side to have him as they are playing even better than last season.