The long wait is over. The club have announced the record £28 million signing of Romelu Luaku from Chelsea. The 21-year-old Belgian international signed a 5-year contract. The press conference was delayed by approximately an hour which left manager Roberto Martinez to apologize for the delay and affirm that good things are worth waiting for. I think we can all agree with that statement.
PHOTO: @RomeluLukaku9 shows off his No.10 shirt alongside boss Roberto Martinez. #WelcomeHomeRom pic.twitter.com/p04vwlNxci— Everton (@Everton) July 30, 2014
Lukaku had a breakout season while on loan at Goodison last year scoring sixteen goals in 31 appearances. He spent the previous season on loan at West Brom Albion. With the signing, the club are now immensely stronger offensively and there's always the potential for further signings as the transfer widow is still open for another month. Now that Lukaku is signed, if the club wish, they could go after winger Christian Atsu who, among many other possibilities is rumored to be going out on loan this season.
RBM will have much more coverage to come, but here are a couple of quotes from today's presser:
"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." - Romelu Lukaku
"We know that Romelu is still a young man and the potential that he has is quite unique, and we are desperate to see him enjoying his football and to watch him grow as footballer in the years to come...The arrival of Rom is more than just a signing, it's the fruition of a lot of hard work to get the player we wanted. This is a big moment for Everton's history and the perfect way of getting the squad ready for the start of the season." - Roberto Martinez
The club's official announcement with a snazzy video can be found here.