Chelsea are plotting a lot of money to re-sign Romelu Lukaku this summer, with the Inter Milan striker emerging as a more realistic target than Erling Haaland and Harry Kane … but the club wants to lower the £ 100 MILLION asking price
- Lukaku left the Blues for Everton in 2014 and has been getting stronger
- The 28-year-old has scored 33 goals to help Inter Milan win Serie A this season
- Nerazzurri is willing to sell the clinical attacker to ease their financial troubles
- Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Oli Giroud and Fikayo Tomori are allowed to leave
Chelsea are ready to re-sign Romelu Lukaku this summer as Thomas Tuchel is planning a Premier League title challenge.
The Blues want a new striker ahead of next season – with the Inter Milan hitman as the most realistic target of the club’s recruiting staff.
The newly crowned European champion has set a formidable defensive record under Tuchel, but has only scored more than two goals in one match in 30 games under the German.
Chelsea ready to sign Romelu Lukaku to inspire Premier League title challenge next year
Lukaku scored 33 goals to help Inter Milan win the Serie A title under Antonio Conte (right)
Improvement for goal will be key as Tuchel sets out to challenge Manchester City for domestic supremacy next season.
Despite scoring 33 goals last season to help Inter win Serie A, the Italian club will listen to offers for Lukaku to address financial concerns.
Tuchel has already admitted that he would be interested in signing Tottenham’s Harry Kane, but a deal for the England captain to join Chelsea seems next to impossible due to the intense rivalry between the London clubs.
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is also of interest to Blues, but a move for Lukaku is seen as the club’s main focus, and his advisers are said to be aware of Chelsea’s interest.
The Belgian striker spent three years with Chelsea, but the club moved him to Everton in 2014
After signing for Chelsea at the age of 18 in 2011, Lukaku made just one Premier League start for the club before having successful loan spells at West Bromwich Albion and Everton, joining for £ 28 million in 2014.
Lukaku is now considered one of Europe’s foremost strikers and is in his best days at the age of 28. Inter are expected to value Lukaku at £ 100m, but Chelsea will be happy to negotiate a lower price given Inter’s need to sell.
Chelsea are also aiming for a central midfielder and defender ahead of next season, with West Ham’s Declan Rice a long-term midfield goal.
Speaking of the prospect of adding to his squad, Tuchel said, “ Two or three could be very, very good. It is a constant matter to never deny change.
Erling Haaland (left) and Harry Kane (right) are also options, but Lukaku is the most likely move
‘Then you always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everyone in training and in competitions. I think it is a good thing.
‘We don’t need full turnover, because it is also our job to keep improving. We still have a young team that can grow and evolve. But of course we have some ideas to make the group stronger. ‘
There are also a number of expenses with Callum Hudson-Odoi among the players whose futures are uncertain, as Borussia Dortmund has a plan to sign the England international.
Previously a target for Bayern Munich, the Blues Academy graduate has fallen out of favor after a promising start to life under Tuchel.
Tammy Abraham (left) and Olivier Giroud (right) are among different players who could leave
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea is willing to enjoy themselves letting the 20-year-old leave this summer.
However, sports mail has been informed they would be willing to negotiate a deal that would move Jadon Sancho from Dortmund – who is a target for Manchester United – to Stamford Bridge.
Tammy Abraham, who was left out of the selection for the Champions League final victory over City, has also resigned this summer to leave the club. Fellow striker Olivier Giroud is expected to follow him out the door when his contract expires next month.
Center-back Fikayo Tomori plans to join AC Milan after a successful loan spell in Italy, while midfielder Billy Gilmour will be a loan target for a number of Premier League teams.