Chelsea in pole position to sign Inter Milan centre-forward Romelu Lukaku. The Blues have made a substantial contract offer for Belgium international as they see the striker as an alternative for the main target Erling Haaland.

Romelu spent three years on the books of the London club, having arrived as a talented youngster from Anderlecht in 2011 but never really got a look-in in the first-team.

After loans with West Brom and Everton, Lukaku joined the latter permanently in 2014 and grew into one of the best centre-forwards in England.

The 28-year-old striker then signed for Man United in 2017 and enjoyed a productive two-year stint before the Nerazzurri picked him up in 2019.

Since moving to Serie A, the Belgian striker has taken his game to a whole new level, firmly establishing himself as one of the best marksmen in the game currently.

Romelu led the Nerazzurri to their first Scudetto in over a decade in the 2020/21 season and impressed with the Belgian national team at the UEFA Euro 2020.

His exploits with Inter Milan, coupled with their financial issues, have landed Lukaku on the radars of the Blues this transfer window.

The London club are in the market for a new striker as they look to build on their UEFA Champions League triumph.

With Timo Werner enduring a mixed debut campaign, Olivier Giroud departing to Milan, according to a repoert and Tammy Abraham also seemingly headed for the exit doors, a new, prolific striker becomes a necessity for Chelsea.

To that end, Erling Haaland has been identified as the main transfer target. But a move for Norway international is proving to be tricky due to Borussia Dortmund’s stance on the 21-year-old centre-forward.

As a result, the Blues are keeping their options open with the Belgian star emerging as a Plan B for Chelsea, as the London club have already made a tempting contract offer for the centre-forward.

However, despite their efforts, a move for Romelu looks unlikely to materialise. In addition to that, an exclusive report from the Express claims that despite the Blues’ lucrative offer, the Belgian striker is happy to remain at San Siro and fight for another trophy.

So, as things stand, Chelsea’s efforts to bring Lukaku back to London are likely to prove futile. It now stays to be seen if Chelsea will have better luck in their pursuit of Erling Haaland.