Chelsea ‘will see a sensational return for Romelu Lukaku if they fail to sign £ 154m Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer’ … with Blues willing to spend big money to fix Thomas Tuchel’s failing front line
- Chelsea could take a dramatic step to re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku
- The Blues want to get stronger after struggling this term
- Erling Haaland is reportedly a huge target, but the club has unforeseen circumstances
- If they fail, they will consider a stunning deal for Inter’s Belgian star
Chelsea are considering a stunning move to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge this summer if they fail to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, it is said.
A new striker has become a priority for the Blues after seeing their front lines struggling to hit the target. Their £ 53 million contract, Timo Werner, has scored just five league goals since joining last season, while Olivier Giroud has four.
Teen sensation Haaland has emerged as a big target for manager Thomas Tuchel, but Dortmund would have put a price tag of £ 154 million on him – which could prove too much even for a club with Chelsea’s resources.
Chelsea could make a stunning return for Romelu Lukaku, who joined the club in 2011 (L)
The club has reportedly made Erling Haaland a priority but is making backup plans
Should they admit defeat in their attempt to land the Norwegian forward, they will turn their attention to Inter Milan’s Lukaku, according to the Telegraph.
The great Belgian – who joined Chelsea in 2011 at the age of 18 – was unable to convince a handful of managers that he was good enough for the first team at Stamford Bridge. First he was loaned out to West Brom, then to Everton – and Jose Mourinho sold him to the Toffees in 2014.
Now 27, Lukaku has proven to be one of the best forwards in Europe, scoring 87 goals in 166 games at Merseyside, before securing a £ 75 million transfer to Manchester United in 2017.
Thomas Tuchel is said to be keen to secure a reliable striker after watching them struggle
He struck 42 times at Old Trafford before switching to Serie A, where he has become an indispensable member of Antonio Conte’s roster.
Lukaku has scored 25 goals this season and has been instrumental in propelling Inter to their first Scudetto in ten years as they are six points ahead of rival Milan.
Chelsea, meanwhile, faces a battle for a top four finish this season – with Champions League football a must if they want to draw a big name to the club at the end of the season.
Lukaku is used to the Premier League playing for Everton and Man United
Borussia Dortmund has reportedly set a staggering £ 154 million asking price for Erling Haaland
With a new No. 9 as a priority, Haaland is a name strongly linked after its stunning rise in recent seasons. The 20-year-old starlet has scored 49 goals in 49 appearances since coming over from RB Salzburg last season – including 33 in 31 appearances this season.
The Blues won’t be online in their interest in Haaland, with Man United, City and Real Madrid all keeping an eye on the talented youngster.
But reports that Dortmund are valuing him at over £ 150m could put clubs off – especially with a £ 65m release clause starting next year.