Former professional footballer Carlton Palmer has hailed Chelsea’s decision to re-sign Romelu Lukaku in a £97.5m deal, but says Manchester United should never have sold him.
Lukaku completed his return to Chelsea last week from Serie A champions Inter Milan, penning a five-year contract with the Blues.
In his two seasons with Inter Milan, Lukaku was in unbelievable form, scoring 64 goals in all competitions and providing a further 16 assists, and with that took his overall career tally to 259 goals and 85 assists.
On re-joining Chelsea, Carlton Palmer exclusively told Football FanCast: “I think it’s a magnificent signing for Chelsea, he comes back a man, you’ve seen him for the national team, you’ve seen him for Inter Milan, he just scores goals, he’s a nightmare, he can back into you, he can roll, he can run down the side.
“He is a great lone striker, a great striker in a two, I would never have sold him at Man United, never ever sold him.”
Lukaku became Chelsea’s second signing of the summer after the Stamford Bridge outfit also signed Marcus Bettinelli from Fulham on a free transfer.
Chelsea had success in Europe last season, as they were crowned UEFA Champions League winners after beating Manchester City 1-0 in Porto and also finished fourth in the Premier League table.
But the Blues were the lowest scorers of the teams that finished in the top four, scoring 58 goals last term, so it’s no surprise they have chosen to break the bank in order to bring the Belgium international back to Stamford Bridge this summer.