Chelsea are allegedly still in secret negotiations behind the scenes over the landing of former player Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian, who left the Blues in the summer of 2014 to sign for Everton on a permanent deal, has already pledged his future to the Nerazzurri but it appears Chelsea will not go away.
He formed a close relationship at the club with former boss Antonio Conte, who departed the Italian outfit earlier this summer.
The duo helped fire Inter Milan to the Scudetto last season before their financial problems tipped the tactician over the edge.
However, Romelu made it quite clear that he was ready to stay at the San Siro, highlighting his willingness to work under new head coach Simone Inzaghi.
“Yes, I am staying,” Romelu told Dutch broadcaster VTM just before Simone was officially unveiled as Inter’s new boss.
“I’ve already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager. Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet… but it was a very positive conversation.”
While the player has publicly reaffirmed his commitment to the Serie A heavyweights, that has not stopped Chelsea from expressing interest.
According to The Telegraph’s Matt Law, Thomas Tuchel‘s side remain in talks for Romelu behind the scenes, just in case they fail to snap up Erling Haaland.
Matt told the London is Blue Podcast: “Dortmund are showing no signs of being inclined to sell Haaland at the moment.”
Before later stating: “There are still talks for Romelu Lukaku going on behind the scenes.”
The Blues need to devise a Plan B particularly if BVB held firm in their bid to retain the services of Haaland, who the board claim is not for sale at any price.
Chelsea are unlikely to table a bid of £150 million, the only figure likely to tempt the German outfit into a deal.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have already seen an exchange deal proposal involving Tammy Abraham or Callum Hudson-Odoi rejected by the Bundesliga club.
The manager wants to bring in a new number nine this summer though and Robert Lewandowski is another alternative.
Meantime, Abraham could follow the France international Olivier Giroud out the exit door with a number of clubs including Arsenal said to be keen.
Stuttgart and Austria centre-forward Sasa Kalajdzic is an alternative option for the Stamford Bridge side.