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Belgium's Romelu Lukaku is wanted by Chelsea

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku is wanted by Chelsea

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku is wanted by Chelsea

Chelsea have made their move to re-sign their former striker Romelu Lukaku and their offer to Inter Milan that amounts to around €100m looks certain to be followed up with a second bid.

Reports in Italy have confirmed that Inter have rejected an offer from Chelsea for 28-year-old Belgium striker Lukaku, with defender Marcos Alonso believed to have been offered as part of the deal.

Inter are believed to have expressed an interest in signing Alonso this summer, which explains why the Spanish defender has become central to the negotiations.

With Inter turning down the approach from the European champions and standing by their position that they will not consider selling Lukaku this summer, the next move in this game of transfer poker could be made by the player or Chelsea.

If Lukaku changes his stated position and hints he would be like to leave Inter after helping the club to secure the Serie A title last season, that could change the mood among Inter officials.

Equally, a Chelsea offer with a few extra million euro added or maybe an additional player could shift the stance in negotiations, with Chelsea chiefs clearly believing there is a way to get this deal moving.

After being linked with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland all summer, their decision to turn their attention back to Lukaku suggests they do not believe a deal for the Norway striker is possible this summer.

Yet as sundayworld.com revealed in May, Chelsea have always had Lukaku and Haaland at the top of their list of transfer targets this summer, with the first name on that list now viewed as a more realistic target.

Lukaku would be making a return to Chelsea after making his initial move to the Stamford Bridge club in 2011, as he followed in the footsteps of his idol Didier Drogba.

Paying such a hefty for Lukaku now would shatter Chelsea's transfer record, but they are in a position to spend big this summer after an active transfer window of outgoings.

Chelsea's success in selling close to €60million of talent this summer will help to fund a move for a striker and with Tammy Abraham also expected to leave in a move that could be worth in excess of €40million, the €100m offer for Lukaku will be funded by player sales.

That suggests Chelsea could go higher in their offer to Lukaku or Haaland, if they are given any indication by Borussia Dortmund that they will consider selling a player who could leave for just €75m next summer due to a release clause in his contract.

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What's now clear is that Chelsea are keen to press forward with their efforts to sign Lukaku, with no concrete offer yet to be made to Dortmund for Haaland.

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