Chelsea appear poised to break the Premier League transfer record as they try to sign ex-player Romelu Lukaku again.

talkSPORT expects the Blues to prepare a third offer which will be “over 100 million pounds”. It would eclipse what Manchester City understand as Aston Villa’s payment for Jack Grealish.

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It goes without saying that Lukaku feels like he has unfinished business at Stamford Bridge

The Belgian striker was not in the mood for a move from the current club, Inter Milan, as he played the best football of his career there.

It goes without saying, however, that the 28-year-old has the feeling of doing unfinished business in the club where he was unable to establish himself as a teenager.

TalkSPORT transfer expert Alex Crook adds that the European champion plans to close the deal ahead of his Supercup final with Villarreal on Wednesday.

“This one has really gained momentum in the last few days, and I don’t think Jack Grealish will be the record newcomer in the Premier League for long,” said Crook of the talkSPORT breakfast show.

“Chelsea are preparing a third offer that goes beyond the £ 100m Man City is paying for Grealish and they have received encouraging nods – say – from Lukaku camp that he is now genuinely interested in returning to the club he left seven years ago.

“That wasn’t necessarily the case at the beginning of summer, he certainly didn’t want to move from Inter Milan. He loves Italy, he is adored by the fans out there, but I think he feels like he’s not finished at Stamford Bridge yet.

“They’re trying to get this deal done before the UEFA Super Cup final against Villarreal next week, so I expect a move within the next 48 hours.”


Tuchel was asked about Lukaku after Chelsea drew 2-2 with Tottenham in a pre-season friendly at Stamford Bridge

Thomas Tuchel didn’t reveal anything when he was asked questions about Lukaku to Chelsea, even though he was full of praise for the former blues star.

He told talkSPORT: “I don’t want to talk about players who are not in my squad. Romelu Lukaku is a fantastic player but he is an Inter player so out of respect I will not speak of him in this situation.

“Everyone wants [play for Chelsea]! Lots of players want to come and take part, as you can imagine, but like I said, I don’t want to comment on that. “

Lukaku’s signing would make Chelsea a scary prospect and many would support them to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.

Former blues player Scott Minto claims getting Lukaku is a must as City sign Grealish and possibly Harry Kane this summer.

Lukaku has 64 goals in 95 appearances for Inter and would bring the serenity before the goal that Chelsea lacked last season

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Lukaku has 64 goals in 95 appearances for Inter and would bring the serenity before the goal that Chelsea lacked last season

Minto said, “Chelsea are going to do it and they have to do it, they have to do it because I really believe City will get Kane.

“Not yet, in a couple of weeks, probably after they played against each other. But I think they will get that.

“When they get Kane and Grealish, it is a must that Chelsea get Lukaku.”


It’s back and on time for the new Premier League season, which kicks off August 13 and Brentford welcomes Arsenal on Friday night