By Mukwuzi Joseph
INTER MILAN ultras have defaced Romelu Lukaku’s mural ahead of his £97.5million transfer to Chelsea.
The fans vandalised the artwork and also produced a banner accusing the Belgian of ‘breaking their balls’.
Pictures emerged online of the mural with black paint sloshed all over the image of Lukaku in an Inter shirt pointing to the sky.
His No 9 and the name on his shirt can barely be seen after the vandals ruined the piece.
And they also unfurled a banner in Italian that roughly translates to: “You broke our balls.”
Inter’s Curva Nord ultras are said to be responsible for the vandalism.
And a message on their Facebook page accused Lukaku of being a ‘money-grabber’.
It read: “Dear Lukaku, we expected more honest and transparent behaviour from you.
“But, despite the fact we protected you like a son, like one of us, you too proved yourself to be just like all the rest, going to your knees for money.
“We wish you the best, even if greed doesn’t always pay.”
Chelsea are expected to confirm Lukaku’s £97.5m transfer imminently
The former Manchester United forward flew to Monaco on Monday to continue finalising the deal at the headquarters of his agent, Federico Pastorello.
Blues have agreed the club-record fee with Inter after Lukaku hit 30 goals and won the Serie A title last season.
Medical tests began in Milan on Monday morning after swift negotiations over personal terms.
The 28-year-old was then spotted by reporters boarding a flight out of the Italian city, while also clutching a Blues shirt.
When asked about his future, he is quoted as saying: “I’ll send a message to the Inter fans soon.”
Chelsea hope to register Lukaku before midnight on Tuesday to ensure he can play in the Uefa Super Cup clash against Villarreal.