Report: Chelsea ‘determined’ to sign £102m man with more goals than Werner and Giroud

Romelu Lukaku for Belgium by Антон Зайцев, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

Chelsea are on the hunt for a centre-forward this summer as Olivier Giroud left to join AC Milan, Tammy Abraham has an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge and Timo Werner has been short of form.

Who are Chelsea after?

Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports says the Blues are ‘determined’ to bring Romelu Lukaku back to West London, seven years after they sold him. The 28-year-old has become one of Europe’s best strikers and might be attainable for the right price, but Chelsea have had two bids rejected already.

Fabrizio Romano of the Guardian says the London outfit are preparing another bid for Lukaku that is in line with his €120m (£102m) asking price, so Inter might find it tough to turn down. They’d land themselves nearly £40m profit from the player that helped win them the Serie A title last season.

Lukaku has scored 64 goals and made 16 assists in 95 games at the San Siro. He had a hand in 40 goals from 44 games last season too – more league goals (30) than Giroud (4), Abraham (6) and Werner (6) combined. Chelsea are in desperate need for a prolific striker, so the Belgian international would be worth every penny.

Why do Chelsea need a striker?

Giroud has gone, leaving Thomas Tuchel with two strikers on the books ahead of the new campaign.

Abraham scored only six goals in 22 Premier League games last season, lost his place in the side and could be sold to Aston Villa, so he’s clearly surplus to requirements.

That leaves Werner who managed only six goals in 35 Premier League games last season, so he can’t be relied upon either.

Lukaku has been pretty reliable since he left Chelsea in 2014. He scored 87 goals in 166 games for Everton (incl. loan in 2013/14) (2014 – 2017) and bagged 42 goals in 96 games for Manchester United (2017 – 2019) before joining Inter.

Chelsea could well land their man if they pay up, so Lukaku may realise his dream after all to star at Stamford Bridge like his idol Didier Drogba did.