Chelsea Targeting Romelu Lukaku but Inter Will Put Up Major Resistance

Chelsea will try to add a world-class striker in the summer and have inserted Romelu Lukaku in their wish list. The Blues are among the clubs interested in Harry Kane and Erling Haaland but face major difficulties in those deals. Tottenham are unlikely to do business with them, while Borussia Dortmund do not want to lose the young prodigy. The return of the Belgian international could be more attainable because of Inter’s economic troubles, The Guardian reports.

The Nerazzurri will complete some high-profile sales, but Lukaku is the player considered least likely to leave, Italian outlets La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport report. New coach Simone Inzaghi has already reached out to the forward to reassure him about the continuation of the winning project. The management had done the same after the abrupt departure of Antonio Conte, who massively contributed to his career year in 2020-21.

Inter have received lucrative bids for Achraf Hakimi and would rather part ways with just one of their stars. Financially speaking, it would take a giant offer for them to make a sizeable profit on Lukaku, whom was acquired for €74M two years ago. They would technically earn more by cashing in on their other linchpins Lautaro Martinez, Milan Skriniar, Stefan De Vrij, and Marcelo Brozovic.

Lukaku bagged 30 goals and provided ten assists in 44 matches in the most recent campaign. Chelsea purchased him from Anderlecht in 2011, but he spent just one season at Stamford Bridge, making eight appearances. He was subsequently loaned out to West Brom and Everton and eventually acquired by the Toffees in 2014.