- Romelu Lukaku re-joined Chelsea from Inter Milan in a club record £97.5million move in the summer.
Meanwhile Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has revealed Man City were previously eager to sign Romelu Lukaku last year.
Pastorello told The Telegraph: “I think I can say without disappointing anybody that Manchester City came in the year before.
“During the pandemic, it was very complicated trying to fly to places to meet people.
“Honestly, it was very difficult after the first year – it was almost impossible. He hadn’t won the league with Inter and he wanted to do that, and it would have been really impossible. Then City focused on Harry Kane this summer.”
Lukaku made a red-hot start to life back at Stamford Bridge and scored four in four before enduring a six-game barren run, before picking up an ankle injury that could leave him out for up to a month.
Pastorello had warned his client before the summer window that it was ‘now or never’ whether he would fulfill his dream of playing for the Blues again.
The Pastorello added: “This is what I was telling Romelu, that it could be now or never, because probably he was not seeing it 100 per cent at first.
“I had to tell him to remember that sometimes there are trains and when they pass, they don’t come back.
“Because of the situation, because of the market and because there were not many possibilities, this was Romelu’s train.
“We had the opportunity to be in the right place at the right moment and I told him that if he wanted to come back, he needed to take it now.
“Chelsea were 100 per cent sure that he was the one, I never had doubts, but I think they needed to think twice before doing it.
“There were more offers before they got to the level Inter accepted. There were four offers and the fifth was the one that closed the talks.
“Looking back, I think everyone got a really good deal.”