Romelu Lukaku has become Chelsea’s top transfer target for the summer window. The Inter Milan striker could leave the San Siro with the Serie A giants looking to balance the books in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. And with Marina Granovskaia trying to negotiate a deal, a blockbuster return to Stamford Bridge could be on the cards.
Lukaku was in stunning form for Inter last season, scoring 30 goals across all competitions for the second season on the trot.
And he also propelled his side to Serie A glory, with the club finally ending a 10-year wait for the Scudetto.
While Lukaku has stressed he’s happy over at the San Siro, however, Chelsea are looking to lure him away.
The Blues have already seen one bid for the Belgian turned down and are planning to return with a second, with director Granovskaia involved in negotiations.
So Express Sport has decided to have some fun.
We’ve mocked up Lukaku in a Chelsea shirt, showing just how the Belgian would look wearing their home shirt for the upcoming campaign.
Picture one shows Lukaku staring into the distance, while picture two shows him looking happy with his thumbs up.
That’s a sight Chelsea will definitely be hoping to see come the end of the transfer window, particularly after giving up on Erling Haaland.
Haaland had initially been earmarked as a priority transfer target but with Borussia Dortmund in no mood to sell, they’ve now decided to switch their focus.
Chelsea did sign Lukaku back in the summer transfer window of 2011, when Andre Villas-Boas was in charge.
The 28-year-old had risen to prominence for Anderlecht and decided to move to Stamford Bridge, dubbing the Blues as his ‘favourite team’ at the time.
“Chelsea and Arsenal tried to sign me when I was 13, 14,” he said at the time.
“Chelsea is my favourite team.
“I have always said it and I have never hidden it, but it is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to go there.
“There is also Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. These big five are very interesting. Tottenham are also a good club.
“As a young kid, you dream of playing in every big team. It is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to specifically go there.”
However, Lukaku’s time at Chelsea failed to work out.
He failed to score from 15 appearances and had loan spells at West Brom and Everton, before joining the latter on a permanent basis.
While Chelsea would be signing the finished article in Lukaku, however, two sporting figures have cast doubt over a deal.
TalkSPORT’s Alex Crook said: “I don’t know about Lukaku because I do know that the head of operations, the head of recruitment, doesn’t necessarily like to re-sign players that they have sold.
“That’s why they were reluctant to give Frank Lampard Declan Rice – she sees it almost as a sign of weakness if you pay big money to buy back a player you’ve let go.
“So jury is out for me on that one.”
And Steve Nicol also thinks Lukaku would be a gamble for Chelsea.
“Chelsea are in a position now where if they sign a centre-forward, he has to be a natural finisher. That’s the one thing they’re missing,” he said.
“As many goals as Lukaku has, he’s not a natural finisher. He has been at Chelsea twice before.”