Chelsea plot big money move 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 club want to drive down £100MILLION asking price
- Lukaku left the Blues for Everton in 2014 and has gone from strength to strength
- The 28-year-old scored 33 goals to help Inter Milan win Serie A this campaign
- Nerazzurri are willing to sell the clinical striker to ease their financial troubles
- Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Oli Giroud and Fikayo Tomori may leave
Chelsea are ready to re-sign Romelu Lukaku this summer as Thomas Tuchel plots a Premier League title challenge.
The Blues want a new centre forward ahead of next season — with the Inter Milan hitman viewed as the most realistic target by club recruitment staff.
The newly-crowned European champions have built a formidable defensive record under Tuchel but have scored more than two goals in a game just once in 30 matches under the German.
Chelsea are ready to sign Romelu Lukaku to inspire a Premier League title challenge next year
Lukaku scored 33 goals to help Inter Milan win the Serie A title under Antonio Conte (right)
Improvement in front of goal will be key if Tuchel is going to go challenge Manchester City for domestic supremacy next season.
Despite scoring 33 goals in helping Inter win Serie A last season, the Italian club will listen to offers for Lukaku as they seek to ease financial concerns.
Tuchel has already admitted he would be interested in signing Harry Kane from Tottenham but a deal for the England captain to join Chelsea appears virtually impossible due to the intense rivalry between the London clubs.
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is also of interest to the Blues but a move for Lukaku is understood to be the club’s main focus, with his advisors believed to be aware of Chelsea’s interest.
The Belgian striker spent three years at Chelsea but the club let him move to Everton in 2014
Having signed for Chelsea as an 18-year-old in 2011, Lukaku made just one Premier League start for the club before successful loan spells at West Bromwich Albion and Everton, who he joined for £28 million in 2014.
Lukaku is now viewed as one of Europe’s premier centre forwards and, at 28, is entering his prime. Inter are understood to value Lukaku at £100m but Chelsea will be keen to negotiate a lower price given Inter’s need to sell.
Chelsea are also targeting a central midfielder and defender ahead of next season, with West Ham’s Declan Rice a long-term midfield target.
On the prospect of adding to his squad, Tuchel said: ‘Two or three could be very, very good. It’s a constant thing 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 everybody in the training and in matches. I think it’s a good thing.
‘We don’t need a complete turnover because it’s also our job to keep on improving. We have still a young squad that is capable of growing and evolving. But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger.’
There are also set to be a number of outgoings with Callum Hudson-Odoi among the players whose future is uncertain as Borussia Dortmund plot to sign the England international.
The Blues academy graduate, who was previously a target for Bayern Munich, has fallen out of favour following a promising start to life under Tuchel.
Tammy Abraham (left) and Olivier Giroud (right) are among several players who could depart
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea are willing to entertain letting the 20-year-old leave this summer.
However, Sportsmail has learned they would be open to discussing a deal that included Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho — who is a target for Manchester United — moving to Stamford Bridge.
Tammy Abraham, who was left out of the squad for the Champions League final win over City, is also resigned to leaving the club this summer. Fellow striker Olivier Giroud is expected to follow him out the door when his contract expires next month.
Central defender Fikayo Tomori is set to join AC Milan on a permanent deal following a successful loan spell in Italy, while midfielder Billy Gilmour will be a loan target for a number of Premier League teams.
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