Everton have broken their club transfer record yesterday when they paid £28 million to sign Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku on a five-year deal from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
the club announced Lukaku who finished as Everton’s top scorer last season after finding the net 16 times in 33 appearances while on loan at Goodison Park, helping Roberto Martinez’s side to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League in his tenure as manager.
The 21-year-old was part of the Belgium team at the World Cup.
His chances of establishing himself at Chelsea were hindered by the arrival of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid and the return of veteran striker Didier Drogba.
“I am really excited about rejoining Everton. I had a fantastic experience last season and a great relationship
with the manager, the chairman, the staff , the players and the fans. I can’t wait to get started again and I’m looking forward to a successful season,” said Lukaku.
Everton open their Premier League campaign at promoted Leicester City on August 16.
Lukaku was manager Roberto Martinez’s primary summer
transfer target and while the fee may have blown their previous record – £15million for Lukaku’s compatriot
Marouane Fellaini when he moved from Standard Liege in 2008 the Toffees boss believes the striker’s age and potential mean it was worth paying.