Romelu Lukaku has reportedly already rejected a mouth-watering wage proposal from Chelsea.
According to Le Bombe di Vlad, the Blues have seen their €10 million (£8m) per-season offer turned down by Inter Milan’s centre-forward.
It appears the Belgian is determined to remain in Italy, where he is respected and revered.
He was named Serie A’s MVP last season, after scoring 24 times in 36 league outings and helped Inter to the title.
This kind of service is exactly what Chelsea are crying out for if they are to challenge for the Premier League this year.
Hence their desperation to acquire a new no.9, whether that be Lukaku or Erling Haaland.
But neither avenue is looking very promising at the moment, especially with just over two weeks before the domestic campaign begins again.
Leading up to that, the Blues face Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup final.
Ideally, Thomas Tuchel will be able to field his recently recruited front man for the showpiece event on the 11th of August.
Running out of time for Rom
At the minute, Lukaku’s name won’t be listed on Chelsea’s teammate sheet against Villarreal.
Roman Abramovich is eager to make the player he sold over half a decade ago the club’s record-signing.
Corriere Della Sera say that a €130m (£110m) bid is going to be thrown Inter’s way by the Stamford Bridge chain of command for the Belgian.
Yet, the sensational striker seemingly does not want to reunite with his former employers.
There are plenty of people who would love Lukaku back at his old stomping ground.
None more so than Didier Drogba, who literally wrote a whole complementary column for the BBC about his ex-Chelsea colleague.
Could agent Drogba play a part in this whole saga? The Blues will certainly hope so.