Everton Football Club is delighted to announce the permanent transfer of Romelu Lukaku.
The 21-year-old striker, who spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, rejoins the Blues for a Club record transfer fee of £28million on a five-year contract.
Lukaku made 33 appearances and scored 16 goals during his initial spell on Merseyside and quickly made himself a favourite among Evertonians.
An established Belgian international with 32 caps, Lukaku shot to prominence while a teenager at Anderlecht before earning a move to the Premier League with Chelsea in 2011.
A loan spell at West Bromwich Albion followed 12 months later before he arrived at Everton during the dramatic final minutes of the August 2013 transfer window.
Lukaku said: “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.”
Chairman Bill Kenwright commented: “Romelu was a massive part of the jigsaw for Roberto and Everton and nobody is more pleased than me that an 11-month quest ended at lunchtime today, thanks hugely to the efforts of all parties, including Rom, his representative, Chelsea and, of course, Roberto.”
Martinez added: "Welcoming Romelu Lukaku back to Everton on a permanent basis is the news that all Evertonians wanted to hear.
"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.”
Lukaku, who will wear the number 10 shirt, will now return home to Belgium for the next few days but will be back at Goodison Park on Sunday ahead of Leon Osman’s testimonial.
The news follows Everton’s summer signings of Gareth Barry and Muhamed Besic, as well as the contract extensions signed by Roberto Martinez, Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman.