Chelsea keeping close tabs with Inter Milan centre-forward Romelu Lukaku. Thomas Tuchel wants to bolster the front-line during this summer transfer window.
Belgium international’s remarkable turnaround at San Siro stays one of the finest arcs for any of their current generation of players. Once an afterthought at London club, Lukaku has established himself as among the best in the world, with an unusual amount of success at Nerazzurri.
After all, Romelu was the key figure to Inter Milan‘s impressive 2020/21 season that saw them finally put an end to Juventus’ hegemony in Serie A and seal the Scudetto for the first time in over a decade.
During his time, the 28-year-old striker also established himself as Belgium’s all-time top-scorer with a whopping 64 goals in less than 100 games.
But with success often follows tragedy, which might be the case with the Belgian centre-forward, as he faces a dangerous situation at San Siro, following the shocking departure of manager Antonio Conte.
Inter Milan is in financial disarray and has already offloaded Achraf Hakimi to PSG, according to a report, as they prepare for a new era under the leadership of former Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi. Lukaku might not be a part of that legacy, though, with a report from Tuttomercato citing interest from the Blues.
It appears Chelsea are prepared to take advantage of Romelu’s current situation and prise him away from the Nerazzurri. Although the Italian club are unwilling to part ways with Romelu, they have set a price tag of nearly €120m, handing the Blues a decision to make.
The Belgian striker does not command the same affection or romanticism to London club supporters as his compatriot Eden Hazard. Lukaku had left Chelsea way back in 2014, so the sense of nostalgia would perhaps be lost or at least overshadowed by sporting motives.
Quite indeed, Romelu is ideally only an alternative to top target Erling Haaland. The German manager wants the Norwegian striker, but his exorbitant price tag rules Chelsea out of contention.
The same can be said for Harry Kane, although it has more to do with the Spurs not being willing to offload their centre-forward to their direct London rivals. It makes Romelu the perfect option.
Romelu comes from a different league but has the experience of playing in the Premier League. The Belgian striker has a stellar record in England, with 113 goals in only 252 league games.