REVEALED: Romelu Lukaku will overtake Neymar to become the most expensive player EVER when he seals £98m Chelsea return… after clubs spent a combined £291MILLION on striker’s big moves!
- Neymar’s world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain put him top of the tree
- However, Romelu Lukaku is set to eclipse the Brazilian by more than £20million
- Lukaku swapped Anderlecht for Chelsea for £17m before a £28m Everton move
- He then made a £75m Manchester United move before a £73m Inter Milan switch
Romelu Lukaku is set to overtake Neymar and become the most expensive player of all time in accumulated transfer fees as his £98million return to Chelsea nears completion.
The 28-year-old left Stamford Bridge in 2014 after a miserable three-year spell at the west London outfit that saw him fail to score.
However, he has since from strength to strength after moving on, scoring 177 times in all competitions, with 30 of those coming last season for Inter Milan as the club won their first Serie A title in 11 years under Antonio Conte.
Romelu Lukaku failed to score a competitive goal during a frustrating first spell at Chelsea
But the 28-year-old is set for a £98million return to the club after starring for Inter Milan
Neymar is the current leader in combined transfer fees – but he will be dethroned by the striker
Inter’s financial problems mean they have been willing to let a number of players go already this summer, including Achraf Hakimi and Ashley Young, with Lukaku’s departure on the cards for a while as the club looks to balance the books.
His latest switch will take him ahead of the Paris Saint-Germain attacker in combined transfer fees, with the Belgian set to rack up an eye-watering total of £291m.
Lukaku’s first move saw him go from boyhood club Anderlecht to Chelsea for £17m as an 18-year-old, almost exactly 10 years to the day that he returns to SW6.
He then opted to move to Everton seven years for £28m after a productive loan spell the previous season at Goodison Park that saw him score 15 times in 31 Premier League games.
Lukaku subsequently joined up with Jose Mourinho in 2017 for £75m after being loaned out during the final season of his first Blues spell to Everton while the Portuguese was in charge.
However, the Belgian fell out of favour during his second campaign at Old Trafford in what was his worst scoring campaign for four years, prompting a move to Italy for £73m after he skipped Red Devils training and instead linked up with old side Anderlecht for pre-season in order to engineer a move away from United.
Lukaku’s next permanent transfer after his move to Chelsea was a £28m switch to Everton
The Belgian then went on to Manchester United for £75m – where he enjoyed mixed fortunes
He then forced through a move to Inter Milan and won the club’s first league title since 2010
Neymar has moved just twice in his career, with his move to Barcelona in 2013 from Santos costing the Spanish giants £71.5m after a protracted legal dispute.
The Brazilian’s subsequent switch to Paris Saint-Germain four years for a jaw-dropping £198m made it the single biggest transfer all time and has still not been surpassed, smashing the previous record held by Paul Pogba when he moved from Juventus back to United in 2016 for £89m.
Cristiano Ronaldo is third in the all-time list of transfer fees and led the way before Neymar’s move to PSG, with the megastar moving from Sporting Lisbon to United for £12m in 2003, United to Real Madrid for a then-world record fee of £80m in 2009 and most recently from Real to Juventus for £100m in 2018, which took his total to £192m.
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