Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to have sent his son to Milan to try to negotiate a deal for Inter striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Blues have invested in a move of £ 150 million for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland but have met with continued opposition from the German side, who have publicly emphasized that they will not sell the 20-year-old this summer.
Haaland can be too expensive / Matthias Hangst / Getty Images
With an agreement that Haaland looks unlikely, Chelsea are considering other options and the Blues are ready to restart their quest for Lukaku. According to Corriere della Sera, Abramovich is personally invested in the hunt for a striker this summer and has even sent his son to Milan to try to hit a deal.
Chelsea have set aside around 110 million pounds for their hunt for Lukaku and the Blues are convinced that Inter would sell for that amount, but the problem is that Lukaku himself is not very keen on moving.
The Belgian believes he was not respected in England and has preferred life in Italy, and he is not desperate to leave life in Serie A yet.
That attitude is backed by La Gazzetta dello Sport, who say that Lukaku has definitely rejected Chelsea’s progress because he only wants to play for Inter.
He hit the blues back earlier in the window and has recently done so again, emphasizing to Inter last week that he will not be leaving the club.
A move for Lukaku seems dead in the water now – unless it happens more behind the scenes than it looks – which means Chelsea may need to look elsewhere in search of a new striker. Talks remain open for Haaland and there is hope that Dortmund can be persuaded to sell at the right price, but that figure may be too high.
Lukaku does not want to leave Inter / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images
Tottenham’s Harry Kane is another cheap option, but the Blues have been looking for goals that may be available for a lower fee.
Stuttgart Sasa Kalajdzic has been identified as a potential candidate, but he is believed to be below Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski on the wish list.