Chelsea have been linked with a number of players already this transfer window but have yet to make an solid advances to sign anyone.
There are a few areas that Thomas Tuchel is looking to improve in, and one of those in particular is the striker position.
Erling Haaland is the primary target as reported by pretty much every reliable source out there right now, but he seems a tough deal to pull off. The talk then goes straight to Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan, but even that seems tough.
Chelsea are working on a move for Inter Milan’s top striker Romelu Lukaku and Roman Abramovich is a huge admirer of the centre-forward.
According to Journalist Dean Jones, who was speaking on The Football Terrace Podcast yesterday, Roman Abramovich could help get that deal done if he wanted to.
Jones says that Abramovich is still ‘a huge admirer’ of Lukaku and he would be ‘perfectly happy’ to bring him back to Stamford Bridge this summer if they cannot sign Haaland.
“Abramovich is also a huge admirer of Lukaku, they’d be perfectly happy if Haaland wasn’t to come to sign Lukaku. That’s also going to be really difficult, I’m not saying that it’s going to be straight forward.
“But that is on the backburner, it’s being worked on in the background.”
Lukaku scored the second most goals in Serie A last season with 24 to his name – a record only bettered by Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo in Italy’s top flight.
According to WhoScored, the 28-year-old was the best performer for Inter in the 2020/21 league campaign with a rating of 7.47 – the website also handed Lukaku more Man of the Match awards that any other player in the squad.
Whilst Lukaku is known for his clinical nature in front of goal, he also registered eleven assists in Italy’s top flight last term and made 1.4 key passes per game.
Last summer’s signing Timo Werner most frequently led the line for Chelsea last season and he scored just six Premier League goals.
Despite the Blues’ Champions League triumph in the 2020/21 campaign, Abramovich should look to sign a clinical striker to enable them to compete with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for the league title.