Chelsea let Lukaku go to Everton for $25m
Mersey dash: Chelsea's change of heart means Lukaku is going back to Martinez's Toffees
Romelu Lukaku has become Everton's £25million record signing after Chelsea recognised his relationship with Jose Mourinho was fractured beyond repair.
Belgian strike ace Lukaku had been due to join up with Mourinho's squad in Holland on Wednesday night with the Londoners valuing him at £30m – a fee they believed was beyond the Goodison side .
But after threatening to play hard-ball, Chelsea changed tack as they realised the inflammable mix of their manager and the 21-year-old would have flared up.
Swift negotiations saw Lukaku agree a five-year contract worth £75,000 per week with Roberto Martinez's men, after his outstanding 15-goal season on loan to them last term.
Everton agreed the initial deal, with add-ons that could be worth another £3m if Lukaku continues his free-scoring form and the Merseysiders make the top four or lift silverware.
It meant Lukaku abruptly changed his travel plans, flying up to Liverpool for a medical and posting a mid-flight message which read: “Time to write a new chapter.”
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Everton have now announced a press conference for 7pm Wednesday.
The Belgian scored 21 goals in just 31 Premier League appearances for Martinez' side after arriving on loan from Chelsea on deadline day.
But while Chelsea had insisted he was being loaned out to further his education, he became embroiled in a series of verbal spats with his parent club, with Mourinho taking offence at a number of comments.
Martinez, however, praised Lukaku at every opportunity, nurturing the former Anderlecht man and making him the focal point of his side as Everton finished fifth to clinch Europa League football.
The bond he forged with the Spaniard persuaded him that Everton was the place to go and once Goodison chairman Bill Kenwright agreed to meet Chelsea's reduced asking price the deal was done swiftly.
It was another massive coup for Martinez and Everton, following swift on the heels of young England star Ross Barkley signing a new four-year deal and was further evidence of the club's renewed ambition.