Romelu Lukaku's sensational touted return to Chelsea looks to be edging closer and closer, with the player allegedly having told Inter Milan that he wants to make a move back to the Premier League.

The Belgian striker is Thomas Tuchel's No.1 target, and the Blues are believed to be closing in on an eye-watering £105m deal to bring the player back for a second spell at Stamford Bridge.

But according to the man himself, he nearly re-joined Chelsea even earlier before eventually going to Manchester United.

Lukaku spent three years at Chelsea between 2011-14 after being signed from Anderlecht but failed to make much of an impression, and was unable to score in 15 appearances in that time.

Romelu Lukaku chose Manchester United over Chelsea in 2017 (


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He went on to join Everton, where he was far more prolific, and after a superb 2016-17 season in which he scored 25 goals in the Premier League he was linked with a big-money move.

Chelsea were among those thought to be interested, but in the end Lukaku chose United over them.

And speaking on the Lightharted podcast back in 2019, Lukaku lifted the lid on why he then turned down the team he now looks likely to move to.

"The year that I had - 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'", he said of his final season at Everton.

"For months I was negotiating with Chelsea, or years actually. Two years straight.

"After the game with Everton when we beat them in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup (in 2016) and I scored two goals, two weeks before that was when Chelsea called me and 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.

"And 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."

Whatever the case, Lukaku certainly looks to have unfinished business at Chelsea, and it will be intriguing to see how he adjusts back to English football after two seasons away.