Thomas Tuchel hints at Romelu Lukaku deal after pre-season draw
Chelsea need a striker
Chelsea’s search for a striker has been one of the worst kept secrets of the summer. Initially after Erling Haaland, they were rebuffed by Borussia Dortmund, who wanted far more than Chelsea were prepared to offer.
Borussia Dortmund’s Sebastian Kehl to Bild: “Will Haaland stay this summer? Yes. In the discussions with Raiola for Malen, I did not have the feeling we have to meet again about Haaland. We don’t want to give him up”. #BVB #CFC 🟡⚫️ @kilian_ga @westsven
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 28, 2021
As a result, they have turned their attention to Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, who has blossomed since an unsuccessful spell at Stamford Bridge between 2011 and 2012. As per Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are set to offer 100 million pounds for the forward, whilst the Athletic report that the Belgian has indicated he wishes to join the London club.
Chelsea are preparing a new bid to sign Romelu Lukaku. Proposal expected around €120/130m after opening bid turned down by Inter [€100m + Marcos Alonso involved in the deal]. 🔵 #CFC
Chelsea are also offering Lukaku a long term contract for €12m net per season as salary.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 3, 2021
NEWS | Romelu Lukaku tells Inter Milan he wants to join Chelsea
Lukaku is closing in on a return to #CFC after telling #Inter earlier today that he wants to return to Stamford Bridge.
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— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) August 4, 2021
What Tuchel said
Following a 2-2 draw to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Tuchel was drawn on the striker position and the future of Romelu Lukaku. When asked about Lukaku, he replied that:
“Romelu Lukaku is a fantastic player, but he’s not in my squad…”
Thomas Tuchel on Lukaku deal: “Romelu Lukaku is a fantastic player, but he’s not in my squad…”. 🔵 #CFC
Then on Lukaku accepting Chelsea proposal: “Everyone wants to join my squad. I can imagine a lot of players want to come and join Chelsea”, Tuchel says via @NizaarKinsella
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 4, 2021
However, when asked about where he needed to strengthen his squad, the Chelsea boss revealed that:
“With the exit of Olivier Giroud, we could use a player who plays with their back to goal and it means we can add this direct style of play. It’s the sort of profile we don’t have in the squad that can be useful.”
This sums up Lukaku, a man well renowned for his link-up play, and will only send Chelsea fans into further frenzy over a potential deal being concluded very soon.