Les Bleus step up pursuit of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea supporters are no strangers to their side leaving them late in the transfer window. 11-hour deals are not unusual at Stamford Bridge, as Marina Granovskaia likes to negotiate the best deal possible under any circumstance. This has caused trouble for the Blues in the past, as they have panic buys like Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta. It goes without saying that the nightmares of those windows are back to haunt Chelsea fans this summer.
Les Bleus have spent the past two months courting some of Europe’s top No.9s. Granovskaia and his team have explored transfers of Romelu Lukaku, Erling Haaland and Harry Kane this summer to no avail so far. The Telegraph’s Matt Law reported via London podcast is blue that Chelsea approached Tottenham with two offers from Harry Kane and both were quickly rejected. Moreover, Dortmund firmly maintain their position on Haaland. Therefore, the Blues have set their sights on the last of the three.
Chelsea have stepped up their pursuit of Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Chelsea had his most recent offer for Lukaku rejected by Inter. The Blues have reportedly offered £ 85million plus left winger Marcos Alonso for the forward, but they will need to increase that value to bring the Italians to the negotiating table. It is said that if they increase their offer, Inter officials will leave the decision to the Belgian striker regarding his future given the club’s current financial difficulties. This is when things get really interesting.
The stars are perfectly aligned for this movement at the moment. It was always felt that Lukaku had unfinished business at Stamford Bridge. The 28-year-old spent three seasons as a promising replacement for Didier Drogba from 2011 to 2014 before leaving Chelsea for Everton. Three years later, the Blues were ready to buy Lukaku after a very successful stint at Goodison Park. Manchester United stepped in and robbed the striker late, leaving Chelsea in a special and unstable situation. The reigning Champions League winners have still not replaced Diego Costa in the lead despite numerous attempts to try to do so.
Lukaku’s connection with the Blues isn’t the only ideal part of the situation, however. Antonio Conte’s exit as Inter boss was supposed to set the wheels in motion when the No.9s return, but that hasn’t changed matters yet. It will be up to the money and the relentless pursuit of Chelsea to persuade Lukaku to leave Milan now. The recent reports are enough to put off many of those watching the Blues attacking pursuit, but the widespread talk about Chelsea’s interest is actually a positive thing. This may be the first time this summer that there is a lot of talk about a centralized target. Momentum is everything in the transfer market.
If that deal doesn’t materialize, the Blues could be in big trouble. Last season’s poor results continued in their final friendly against Arsenal. Thomas Tuchel’s men won the match, although far less comfortable than they should have been. Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi and Timo Werner combined to squander an abundance of chances throughout the contest. This only compounded concerns as August approached. Time will be a big factor in whether or not this deal crosses the line. The two teams are a perfect match, especially at the moment.
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