Chelsea have received yet another blow in their pursuit to sign a new striker this summer, with Romelu Lukaku’s agent seemingly ruling out a potential transfer this summer for his client.
Lukaku, 28, has been linked heavily with a return to Stamford Bridge this summer, as the Blues looks to fill the lack of goals deficiency that hampered Thomas Tuchel’s side on many occasions last season.
football.london understands that the Belgian striker features high up on the west Londoners’ wishlist for potential strikers to come in for the upcoming 2021/22 season.
We already know that Chelsea’s first choice target of the three is the Norwegian International, but with lack of progress being made in trying to prise out the 20-year-old from the German club, Lukaku was seen as the viable back up option.
And the latest on the Haaland deal suggested that the Blues may have had to turn to the 28-year-old reasonably soon.
“It’s going to be very difficult,” Kaveh Solhekol told Sky Sports News. “It’s no secret that Chelsea want to sign a number nine this summer. And Erling Haaland is their number one target.”
He went on to add: “As far as Haaland is concerned, Borussia Dortmund are saying he is not for sale, even though he has this release clause in his contract which means he could leave next summer for about £75m.
“Now some of the biggest clubs like Chelsea are thinking that they could steal a march on their rivals this summer by offering Dortmund more than that release clause. Maybe that will tempt Dortmund to sell him.
“But of course, Borussia Dortmund are saying he’s not for sale, and once more we’ve already raised £73m by agreeing to sell Jadon Sancho to Manchester United. But still Chelsea are interested and still want to sign him.
“We’ve spoken to someone who’s involved in the deal, and he said it’s going to be very difficult. He said at the moment, it looks like ‘mission impossible’ but Chelsea are trying. It’s unlikely but who knows, it could still happen.”
This, coupled with the latest Lukaku update, has come as a double blow to the West Londoners’ hope of signing one of the three world class forwards on their radar.
Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has come out today to pour cold water on the rumours linking his client to a return to the Premier League.
Italian Journalist Fabrizio Romano has provided what was said by the Belgian International’s agent on his Twitter account.
His tweet read: “There’s absolutely no problem with Inter. Romelu is on holiday.”
He then went on to clarify that Internazionale consider the striker as one of the untouchable and key players this summer.
Seemingly, this transfer would have to be pushed through by Lukaku’s team, and this doesn’t seem possible considering the 28-year-old’s personal stance on the situation.
Speaking in June before the start of Euro 2020, the ex-Manchester United forward confirmed his intentions to stay and play under new manager Simone Inzaghi.
“Yes, I am staying,” he told Dutch broadcaster VTM.
The summer window is officially open and now the Blues can look to build on European glory and bolster the squad to push for Premier League supremacy.
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“I’ve already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager. Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet… but it was a very positive conversation.”
“There’s also the challenge of doing it again [winning the league with Inter]. I feel good at Inter.”
Lukaku is valued at around £100m by Inter and they want to cash in on at least one of their high-profile players, which was part of the reason behind Antonio Conte’s decision to quit as manager at the end of May.
Chelsea’s ex-striker scored a total of 24 goals in 36 Serie A appearances last season, and his impression goal returns earned him the league’s MVP award.