Inter set their asking price for Romelu Lukaku at €100M after rejecting Chelsea’s first bid

Inter might sell Romelu Lukaku if Chelsea improves their bid to €120m after rejecting the initial bid of €100m. Chelsea were hopeful that they could capitalise on Inter’s financial difficulties by making a big offer for Lukaku but the Nerazzurri’s want about €120m for the Belgian. Lukaku said last week that he is gearing up for the new season with the Italian champions after he returned to training, suggesting he wants to stay.

Romelu Lukaku is one of Chelsea’s main transfer targets this summer as head coach Thomas Tuchel looks to sign a world-class striker this summer. The German manager is keen to bring a prolific number nine to Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.

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What is known about Romelu Lukaku’s transfer situation

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Chelsea are indeed interested in signing Romelu Lukaku to strengthen their attack

According to Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol, says Chelsea are ‘determined’ to re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan this summer after having two bids rejected by the Serie A champions.

Meanwhile, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta has insisted that the forward will not be allowed to leave any time soon, saying: “Lukaku is not for sale. Lukaku is an important piece on the chessboard available to Simone Inzaghi.”

According to ESPN, Lukaku is not actively seeking to leave the club, but Inter are under pressure to raise funds through departures, having been hit particularly hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic.

Chelsea already have Erling Haaland and Harry Kane on their list of targets, but Borussia Dortmund are not willing to sell the former during this transfer window and Tottenham are not letting their star man join their London rivals. Dortmund reportedly demanding £150m for the Norwegian. The Blues have seemingly turned their attention to the Inter Milan forward instead.

Dortmund do not want to lose Haaland and Sancho in the same window. Sancho left last month to join United. They are determined to keep Haaland for another year, even though a €75m release clause will become active next summer. Chelsea must now decide whether to bid €180m for Haaland or increase their offer for Lukaku or pursue another target or wait until the race for Haaland ends next summer.

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Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 but was unable to secure a place in the first team. He ended up joining West Brom on loan in the year 2012 featuring in only 15 matches for the Blues. The Belgian striker was one of Europe’s most sought-after talents before he made the move to Stamford Bridge and he admitted of his love for Chelsea back in January 2011, seven months before it was confirmed that he would be joining the club.

“Chelsea and Arsenal tried to sign me when I was 13, 14,” he told Goal back in 2011 before joining the Blues. “Chelsea is my favourite team.

“I have always said it and I have never hidden it, but it is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to go there. There is also Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. These big five are very interesting. Tottenham are also a good club.

“As a young kid, you dream of playing in every big team. It is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to specifically go there.

He then went to Everton a year later. Lukaku then joined the Toffees on a permanent deal, leaving Chelsea with just 15 competitive appearances to his name and no goals. He almost rejoined the club in 2017. But the Stamford Bridge side were unwilling to pay his agent Mino Raiola the same fee as Manchester United, so he moved to Old Trafford.

Lukaku has emerged as one of the world’s top strikers in Europe in recent years. He scored 24 goals and registered 11 assists in Serie A last season as the Nerazzurri secured the league title. Only Cristiano Ronaldo scored more goals in the Italian top flight in 2020-21. Lukaku has scored 64 times in just 95 games since joining the Nerazzurri’s from Manchester United two years ago.

Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich is keen to sign an elite centre-forward to challenge other clubs for the Premier League title after head coach Thomas Tuchel led them to a surprise Champions League success.

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