Romelu Lukaku has two options to make his second Chelsea debut this week.
Football.london believe that a fee of around £ 98million has been agreed between the Blues and Inter Milan for the striker, who has signed a five-year deal to return to Stamford Bridge.
After a medical examination on Monday, all that remains is the official announcement that Lukaku is back at Chelsea, where he will be Thomas Tuchel’s second signing since he was appointed head coach in January.
If that happens, the 28-year-old will have the chance to play for the West London team in the UEFA Super Cup against Villarreal on Wednesday night.
This is because, according to UEFA regulations, Chelsea have until 11pm on Tuesday to make changes to their squad for the Super Cup, which will be played in Belfast, such as: B. Lukaku to be included.
For some reason the deal is not closed on time, Lukaku will have to wait until Saturday to put the blues jersey back on.
Chelsea will host Crystal Palace in their first game of the new Premier League season at Stamford Bridge but must register the striker before 12 noon on Friday (August 13th) in order for him to be eligible.
That is under the rules of the Premier League.
In a statement it states: “Subject to the provisions of Rule V.1, the deadline for receipt of all properly completed documents required for the registration of a player under these rules by the Board of Directors is 12 noon on the last working day before the date of first league match the applicant club intends to play for, unless the international transfer certificate and UK employment certificate (in both cases, if applicable) can be presented afterwards (but must be provided before) the player is entitled to play for a club in a league game). “
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But as mentioned earlier, a deal bringing Lukaku back to West London is at an advanced stage so it would be a big surprise if he wasn’t involved against the Eagles over the weekend.
But what cadre number could he take at Stamford Bridge?
He has worn the number 9 for club and country for the past four seasons but reigning number 9 at Chelsea is Tammy Abraham which could be a problem for Lukaku.
That shirt number could soon become available, however, as the striker is set to leave with a move to AS Roma this summer due to new connections.