Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would like to replace Romelu Lukaku with Robert Lewandowski, but there are significant hurdles in both deals.
Lukaku would like to return to Inter Milan after getting over his disappointing first season at Stamford Bridge – scoring eight goals in 26 Premier League games – after leaving Serie A for €115 million last summer.
The ESPNAccording to sources, Lukaku and the club have held talks in recent days, during which Chelsea indicated their willingness to allow the Belgian striker to leave. However, the Blues want to recover most of the club’s record amount paid just a year ago, while Inter are short of money and would prefer a loan agreement.
Chelsea initially asked for €20-25 million to loan Lukaku for one season to offset the potential drop in transfer value, knowing he will turn 30 next year. However, they are now willing to accept a much lower sum and negotiations are underway – it has yet to be decided whether the agreement will include an option or obligation to final transfer or how the £300,000 weekly stipend will be paid.
In parallel, Chelsea are also looking for a striker to reshape their attacking style of play. Chelsea were interested in Erling Haaland, but could not compete with Manchester City over the UK government’s sanctions on transfers to former Russian President Vladimir Putin, former owner Roman Abramovich.
Tuchel has long been a fan of Lewandowski, who has confirmed he wants to leave Bayern Munich and believes he will do well in the Premier League, despite turning 34 in August. The Poland international has been linked with a €40m transfer deal at Barcelona and the Catalan club have already agreed with him orally this week, but a lack of money is hampering things.
Many rivals are trying to capitalize on the uncertainty, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United also among the clubs that could be linked with Wandowski. According to sources who told ESPN, Tuchel encouraged Chelsea to enter the competition if there was a chance the deal could be closed.
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