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How Romelu Lukaku initially turned down Chelsea for Man United

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Romelu Lukaku becomes the latest addition to Chelsea in this summer transfer window after agreeing on a big money return to the Stamford Bridge.

Before he left for Italy to join Inter Milan, Lukaku impressed at Man United, scoring 42 goals in 96 appearances at Old Trafford after his £75m switch from Everton four years ago. His end at United was not a sweet story as he was tackled for not giving a quality performance.

His exit from United was the beginning of a new chapter for the Belgium international especially as his goal helped fire the Italian club to Serie A glory last season, which clearly caught the eye of his former club Chelsea in the transfer market.

Now, Chelsea have agreed on a club-record £97.5m transfer with Inter for Lukaku and the 28-year-old has now arrived in the capital.

However., he admitted he turned down the London club to join United.

“The year that I had [2016/17 season] – I was in the Team of the Year, I was in the nominees for Player of the Year, so I was like ‘yeah, something is going to happen,” Lukaku told the LightHarted podcast back in 2019.

“For months I was negotiating with Chelsea, or years actually. Two years straight. After the game with Everton when we beat them [Chelsea] in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and I scored two goals, two weeks before that was when Chelsea called me.

“They said ‘the coach we are going to get next year [Antonio Conte] wants you. We’re not going to tell you who it is but he wants you.’ And I was like ‘Cool, I’ll wait.’ So we played the game, we won 2-0, and they told me who was going to be the coach.

“For two years with Chelsea, one summer it didn’t happen because I didn’t want to put up a fight with Everton. The second year I was sure I was going to Chelsea – I was looking for an apartment, a place for my mum to stay and then Man Utd came.

“And there I felt the trust a bit more, where everybody wanted me to be there That’s the true story. People say it was down to my agent, but he did his job and got the best opportunity for me and with the people who wanted me the most, and that was Man Utd.”

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Chelsea player that is “a killer” revealed

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Former prolific midfielder, Joe Cole, has revealed that in Romelu Lukaku, The blues now have a “killer” in their squad who will score more goal.

Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal as Chelsea began their Champions League campaign with a slim 1-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.

That was Romelu Lukaku fourth goal in four matches since returning to Stamford Bridge in a £98million deal from Inter Milan this summer.

Joe Cole has accepted the fact that Romelu Lukaku was not at his best against Zenit, but said his powerful nature makes him the perfect man to lead the team under Thomas Tuchel.

“I’m going to throw this out there, I think he’ll be top scorer in the Champions League this season.

“Lukaku didn’t even have one of his better games, he was a little bit scruffy but he’s a finisher now, a killer. Once that ball was delivered there was only going to be one winner, he’s a great finisher,” Cole said on BT Sport.

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Legend ignores Man Utd, names six teams that can win champions league

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Experienced legend, Danny Murphy has listed the six clubs he thinks can win the Champions League this season.

His list include title holders Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. However, Manchester United was not mentioned.

Danny Murphy predicts English clubs could be a dominant force in Europe this campaign, with Chelsea hoping to defend the title they won after beating Manchester City in last season’s champions league final.

For Liverpool, they reached successive Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019 and would be eager to challenge for another this seasonn.

Danny Murphy insists Manchester City are one of the favorites as with Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, PSG and Atletico Madrid.

Asked which teams he expects to challenge for the Champions League title, Murphy told MailSport:

“I personally think the winners will come from one of six – Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG.

“Atletico are an outsider because Diego Simeone has matchwinners in Luis Suarez and Griezmann in addition to the remarkable team spirit he’s fostered.”

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Tammy Abraham ‘fits the bill’ as an Arsenal signing, says Winterburn

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With Arsenal interested in the signature of Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, they have been told by their hero, Nigel Winterburn that the England international fits the profile of a potential signing for the club.

Tammy Abraham looks set to leave Chelsea this summer as the Blues continue their pursuit of Erling Haaland. He is also out of favour at the club with lack of playing time. He earned 22 Premier League appearances last term, scoring six goals which is not enough for him.

Reacting to the news, Winterburn said (via Goal): “He certainly would fit the bill of recent Arsenal signings, young with a point to prove.

“People will question his consistency but what you want is for these young players to get a run in the team.

“Is he going to get a run in a team if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is playing well? Probably not unless Aubameyang can be switched to the left-hand side – although you then need to leave out either Nicolas Pepe or Bukayo Saka.

“With Abraham, there’s potential there and development for a young, young player. So, I think it’s an option [for] Arsenal, although with Alexandre Lacazette being linked with a move away, it could be just a name that has been thrown into a hat.”

He will replace French striker, Alexandre Lacazette who is also opened to leaving the Emirates Stadium for £15 million after scoring 17 goals in all competitions last season.

When asked about Lacazette, Winterburn continued: “Arsenal shouldn’t sell Lacazette unless they’ve got an upgrade in place. I wouldn’t let him go until we have secured another striker. I’ve said that all along.

“Lacazette is a different striker to anything Arsenal have at the club. When he’s in top form, he holds the ball up well, his link-up play is good.

“I suppose his strike rate is not the very, very best of what you want, but then we are not at the very, very top of the league either at the moment as well.

“So personally, at the moment, I don’t want to see him go, unless we’ve got someone coming in that’s going to excite me.

“I wouldn’t let him go and then we haven’t got anybody else to bring in. For me, that’s just way too risky.”

He’s been linked with a surprise move across London. Reports have suggested Arsenal are monitoring his situation and could make an offer if Chelsea decide to leave him leave.

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