Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is setting up an immense proposal for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku if he misses out on top target Erling Haaland, as indicated by reports in Italy.
Chelsea spent £47.5m on Timo Werner in the summer transfer window but the 25-year-old has failed to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge, scoring five Premier League goals in 29 appearances.
Tammy Abraham, who has battled with injury now and again this season, has added six goals in 20 matches, while 34-year-old Olivier Giroud has offered another four in 14 matches.
An absence of a clinical striker has seen Chelsea connected with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero – who will leave the Premier League club toward the end of the season – and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Erling Haaland is wanted by various clubs around Europe with Dortmund purportedly authorizing a series of meetings with Premier League and La Liga clubs a week ago.
Also, Calciomercato claims that Haaland is ‘at the top of Abramovich’s shotlist’ with ex-Chelsea and Manchester United striker Lukaku ‘in second place’.
It is said that Manchester City effectively ‘made an endeavor the previous summer’ to sign Lukaku from Inter Milan and that Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman ‘might want to retrain Romelu after the happy time together at Everton’.
However, Barcelona ‘doesn’t have the financial strength’ presently to fulfill Inter’s needs for Lukaku, who has scored 60 goals in only 86 appearances for the Nerazzurri.
The report adds that cash would not be an issue for Chelsea with the Premier League outfit ‘prepared to make a solid move on the Belgian striker, with a thought of an offer of in excess of 100 million euros.’
Antonio Conte and Inter are interested to keep Lukaku and Calciomercato closes its report by saying: ‘The inclination is that any sort of approach will be dismissed with instantly.’
That comes after a report last Friday asserted that Inter had slapped a €120 price tag on Lukaku after being informed that ‘by June it is important to sell a couple of top players’.
Regardless of their financial issues, the Serie A side need to cling to their prized and their valuation mirrors that.