Roman Abramovich ‘personally directs Chelsea’s bid to sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan’ as the Blues owner ‘confident the striker can turn them into title challengers’
- Chelsea’s talks to re-sign Romelu Lukaku are led by Roman Abramovich
- Owner believes he can turn team into title contenders, claims claim
- Inter Milan could be willing to cash in on the attacker amid a financial crisis
- But Manchester City would rival the Blues in their bid to sign the Belgian
Chelsea’s bid to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge is reportedly being led personally by owner Roman Abramovich.
The Belgian forward left the club for Everton in 2014 after failing to break through into the first team, and has since established himself as one of the best strikers in world football after moving to Manchester United and Inter Milan.
Lukaku, who has scored 30 goals in all competitions this season to help the Italian club claim their first Scudetto in nine years, would be a huge target for the Blues this summer after he became frustrated with misfiring Timo Werner – who joined at last year for 53 million pounds.
Chelsea’s plan to bring Romelu Lukaku back is reportedly being driven by Roman Abramovich
Russian billionaire Abramovich believes Lukaku would take Chelsea to the next level after falling from the title picture this season, according to Eurosport, and is at the forefront of discussions with Inter.
While Chelsea are in talks over a possible deal for Lukaku, Manchester City could stand in their way, the report adds – with Lukaku’s side indicating Pep Guardiola’s men could offer higher wages.
City will be looking for a new striker this summer after losing Sergio Aguero for free on a transfer to Barcelona and Gabriel Jesus failing to make a claim as their first-choice frontman.
Lukaku played three years at Chelsea between 2011 and 2014, but failed to break through
His goal-scoring heroes gave Inter Milan their first Serie A title in nine years this season
Inter currently have no manager after Antonio Conte left the San Siro, but they are likely to appoint outgoing Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi and he is keen to keep the Belgian, it adds.
Lukaku ‘loves’ life at Inter but would be willing to leave given the club’s financial troubles, Eurosport claims, and he is excited about a return to the Premier League.
He was brought to Chelsea in 2011 after coming on the scene with Belgian Anderlecht, but was loaned out to West Brom and Everton – with a handful of Blues managers not seeing him as ready for first-team action.
Lukaku made only ten appearances for the club – he didn’t score a goal – and eventually left for Everton in 2014 on a £28 million permanent deal. After scoring 87 goals for the Toffees in three seasons, he landed a dream transfer to Manchester United in 2018.
He is said to be excited about a return to the Premier League and Manchester City are reportedly interested
Despite competing for an eye-watering £75 million, he struggled for consistency at Old Trafford, though he still managed to score 42 strikes in 96 games. He was sold to Inter for roughly the same fee United paid at the start of the 2019-20 season, and has netted 64 times since then.
If he chooses to stay, Chelsea and City will turn their attention elsewhere, with both clubs targeting Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Reports emerged on Tuesday that Chelsea were interested in returning to the table for Lukaku, with the club putting him and Haaland at the top of their wish list.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel will remain confident in Werner next year, but the German needs help to contribute to the team’s goal difference, and Olivier Giroud is widely expected to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the month. expires.