Thomas Tuchel speaks out about Chelsea potentially signing Lukaku, shares why he wants him

Thomas Tuchel admitted that Romelu Lukaku will add an extra dimension to his Chelsea attack once the deal is confirmed.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Tuchel said that Lukaku is just the type of player the Blues need following Olivier Giroud’s departure this summer.

The Belgian international’s return to Stamford Bridge is on the verge of being completed.

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He has reportedly completed his medical and there is a race to get him in tune with his new teammates ahead of the Premier League campaign.

Lukaku’s arrival in South West London pretty much ensures that Tammy Abraham will be heading in the opposite direction.

It would signal the second striker exit in this transfer window after Giroud joined AC Milan.

Lukaku the missing link

Until the Lukaku transfer is officially announced, Tuchel said his side are without a player of his style now Giroud is no longer part of the squad.

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“He (Lukaku) is the kind of profile who loves to play with his back to the opponent’s goal,” said Chelsea’s manager.

“Who likes to hold balls, who likes to create space.

“This is the kind of profile we don’t have in our squad right now and that we are looking for.

“If it is possible to sign it, we will try to sign in. If it is not possible to sign a player, we will find other solutions.

“It is still not the moment to talk about names because we have nobody signed yet and we will show all the respect to all other clubs to not start talking about their players.”

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Goals galore

Unless something catastrophic happens at the last minute, Tuchel won’t have to wait long for his ideal centre-forward.

There is a general consensus that Lukaku is the missing part to Chelsea’s well-functioning machine; a proven no.9 with a sense of needing to prove himself.

Last year, he netted 24 league goals for Inter Milan, helping the Italians to their first Serie A title since 2011.

Put that up against the Blues top marksmen and the comparisons are startling.

Jorginho was Tuchel’s highest league scorer with just seven strikes, whilst Abraham and Timo Werner finished on top with 12 each.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.