Chelsea have reportedly discovered they will need to break their own transfer record to sign summer target Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
The Blues paid £71.6million (Sky Sports) back in 2018 to sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao, and they will need to smash that sum to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are eyeing a potential reunion with the 27-year-old after he was on the books with the club for three years earlier in his career.
It is understood that Italian giants Inter Milan value the left-footed striker at £105million, and they are “desperate” to keep hold of him.
The report states Chelsea are in the transfer market this summer for a proven number nine, with Erling Haaland and Harry Kane also named as players they’d love to sign.
Lukaku, who has 27 goals in 40 appearances this season for Inter, has been a goal machine during his career.
Amid Chelsea links, it’s worth highlighting the fact that ex-Blues talisman Eden Hazard once gave a glowing verdict on Belgian national side teammate Lukaku.
“He is a fantastic striker, a striker who knows how to adapt to all conditions of the game. He scores a lot – and this is important for a centre-forward – but it would be a mistake to consider him only for this reason. He can do many things. For example, he is a specialist in creating what we call ‘second rounds’. With him in the team they all play better,” Hazard told Corriere della Serra in August 2019.
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If you want to sign a world-class forward in today’s transfer market, you are going to have to spend big money to bring one to your club.
Lukaku isn’t always mentioned as one of the very best attackers around, but he should be.
The powerhouse striker has a record of 113 goals in 252 Premier League appearances due to his previous success with Everton and Manchester United, so it’s likely he would hit the ground running if he returned to English football with former club Chelsea.
However, it seems like any kind of deal is unlikely due to the valuation and Inter’s stance.
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