Chelsea are planning to step up their interest in re-signing Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku during this summer’s transfer window, Sunday World reports.
The Blues have had an impressive second half of the season after Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as their head coach.
The club qualified for the Champions League via a top-four finish but missed out on silverware by losing to Leicester City in the FA Cup final.
They can still end the season on a high by beating Manchester City in the Champions League final at the Estadio do Dragao on Saturday.
Whatever happens, the club are focused on bolstering the attack, with the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic misfiring in front of goal.
Lukaku, who was previously with the club between 2011 and 2014, has been identified as the top target, and Tuchel is a huge admirer of him.
The Nerazzurri need to recoup at least £80 million from player sales to balance their books, and manager Antonio Conte recently left the club because of this.
With Conte’s exit, the Blues believe they have a good chance of landing their former striker, and a fee of £65m could be sufficient to do business.
Lukaku was expected to return to Chelsea from Everton in 2017, but Manchester United pulled off a surprise deal ahead of them.
Lukaku scored 42 goals in 96 games for the club before leaving in 2019 to reunite with Conte, who had attempted to recruit him for the Blues.
With 64 goals in 95 appearances, the 28-year-old has been a revelation for Inter, who recently won the Serie A title for the first time in 11 years.
The title-winning squad, though, appears to be in jeopardy, with the Italian champions needing to cut losses by the end of June.
Conte was dissatisfied with the club’s situation, and the club’s refusal to invest in fresh players before selling them prepared the door for his departure.
The Blues haven’t had a real 20-goal scorer in their lineup. In the 2016/17 season, Diego Costa was the last player to accomplish so as they won the league.
Timo Werner was thought to be a solution to their difficulties, but the German has had a difficult debut season, squandering many clear-cut opportunities.
Tuchel may be able to use his favored 4-2-2-2 formation now that Lukaku has arrived, with Werner lining up beside Belgium’s all-time leading scorer.
Werner was at his best in Leipzig when he was paired with Yussuf Poulsen. The Dane’s mission was to win aerial battles and team up with the German.
Lukaku’s physical and aerial presence up front might bring out the best in Werner and turn the Blues into serious title contenders next season.
To increase their transfer budget, the Blues plan to sell Kepa Arrizabalaga, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Tammy Abraham.
Lukaku, who scored 30 goals and added 10 assists for Inter last season, has previously appeared in the Premier League 252 times.