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Four players Thomas Tuchel could sign to replace Chelsea flop Romelu Lukaku, including Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus

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It seems that Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku could leave for Inter Milan this summer – but who will new owner Todd Boehly and head coach Thomas Tuchel replace him with?

Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to return to the Italian club and Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello says he is hopeful of agreeing a deal with the Premier League side soon.

The 29-year-old joined the Blues for a whopping £97.5m last August but his second spell at Stamford Bridge has not worked out, with the Belgian scoring just eight Premier League goals in 2021-22.

Lautaro Martinez has reportedly snubbed a move to Chelsea but here are four other strikers the club may look to bring in if they decide to offload Lukaku before the new season…

The obvious name on this list is of course Robert Lewandowski, who will leave Bayern Munich this summer. Chelsea are among the clubs desperate to secure his signature.

Considered as one of the best strikers in world football, Chelsea boss Tuchel is said to be very keen on signing Lewandowski, who scored a mouth-watering 50 goals in 46 games last term.

Unfortunately for the Blues – there is speculation the 33-year-old Poland international has rejected a move to west London – and he is also heavily linked with La Liga side Barcelona.

Explaining his desire to leave Bayern Munich, Lewandoswki said earlier this month: ‘Something has died in me, I want to leave Bayern for more emotions in my life.’

Although strongly rumoured with London rivals Arsenal, Chelsea are thought to be keen on bringing Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus to Stamford Bridge and could swoop in for him.

The Brazil international, who will be out of contract next summer, knows he will find his game-time under Pep Guardiola limited next season after they signed Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

Real Madrid are also thought to be interested in the 25-year-old, who has registered 58 goals in 159 Premier League games across six top-flight seasons at the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea’s place in the Champions League may influence Jesus’ decision, with Glen Johnson among those questioning why he would join Arsenal following their top-four blow.

Although technically not a striker, Chelsea could opt to bring in Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and play him out wide in a front three with Kai Havertz moving to a more central role.

Chelsea have several other players that suit this system including Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Armando Broja and Timo Werner.

England hero Sterling has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and it’s a move that makes sense with the 2022 World Cup around the corner, as the 27-year-old looks to play more regularly.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are interested in signing Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, who will be available on a free transfer next month.

Christopher Nkunku is another option being considered after scoring 35 goals and providing 19 assists in 50 appearances for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga last season.

It seems that Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku could leave for Inter Milan this summer – but who will new owner Todd Boehly and head coach Thomas Tuchel replace him with?

Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to return to the Italian club and Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello says he is hopeful of agreeing a deal with the Premier League side soon.

The 29-year-old joined the Blues for a whopping £97.5m last August but his second spell at Stamford Bridge has not worked out, with the Belgian scoring just eight Premier League goals in 2021-22.

Lautaro Martinez has reportedly snubbed a move to Chelsea but here are four other strikers the club may look to bring in if they decide to offload Lukaku before the new season…

The obvious name on this list is of course Robert Lewandowski, who will leave Bayern Munich this summer. Chelsea are among the clubs desperate to secure his signature.

Considered as one of the best strikers in world football, Chelsea boss Tuchel is said to be very keen on signing Lewandowski, who scored a mouth-watering 50 goals in 46 games last term.

Unfortunately for the Blues – there is speculation the 33-year-old Poland international has rejected a move to west London – and he is also heavily linked with La Liga side Barcelona.

Explaining his desire to leave Bayern Munich, Lewandoswki said earlier this month: ‘Something has died in me, I want to leave Bayern for more emotions in my life.’

Although strongly rumoured with London rivals Arsenal, Chelsea are thought to be keen on bringing Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus to Stamford Bridge and could swoop in for him.

The Brazil international, who will be out of contract next summer, knows he will find his game-time under Pep Guardiola limited next season after they signed Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

Real Madrid are also thought to be interested in the 25-year-old, who has registered 58 goals in 159 Premier League games across six top-flight seasons at the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea’s place in the Champions League may influence Jesus’ decision, with Glen Johnson among those questioning why he would join Arsenal following their top-four blow.

Although technically not a striker, Chelsea could opt to bring in Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and play him out wide in a front three with Kai Havertz moving to a more central role.

Chelsea have several other players that suit this system including Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Armando Broja and Timo Werner.

England hero Sterling has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and it’s a move that makes sense with the 2022 World Cup around the corner, as the 27-year-old looks to play more regularly.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are interested in signing Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, who will be available on a free transfer next month.

Christopher Nkunku is another option being considered after scoring 35 goals and providing 19 assists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea have selected five main Lukaku transfer replacements lined up amid Inter Milan loan talks

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Chelsea have their focus set on five potential replacements for Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to reports. It comes after a disappointing season for the Belgian upon his return to Stamford Bridge.

In a move that cost roughly £100million, expectations were high for the striker after his stint in Serie A. However, he managed just eight goals and one assist in 26 Premier League appearances.

Chelsea have their focus set on five potential replacements for Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to reports. It comes after a disappointing season for the Belgian upon his return to Stamford Bridge.

In a move that cost roughly £100million, expectations were high for the striker after his stint in Serie A. However, he managed just eight goals and one assist in 26 Premier League appearances.

“We demand a lot from our strikers also in terms of intensity. There are several reasons why things are like this [a lack of goals] and we are on it.”

However, that faith may have broken down since, with reports claiming that Lukaku is set for an Inter Milan return this summer. The deal is set to be a loan, with his wage covered and with a fee on top.

This would leave the Blues with fewer options for a main, goalscoring centre-forward. However, the Daily Mail claims that work is already being done to prepare for that, with five options named.

The report states that Robert Lewandowski, Richarlison, Jonathan David, Victor Osimhen and Gianluca Scamacca are all of interest to the club. All of those names have also been linked with other clubs, opening up the possibility of several transfer battles at once.

With Todd Boehly set to handle negotiations, there may still be some twists to come, though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raheem Sterling’s true transfer value revealed as Chelsea make £35million Sadio Mane demand

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Man City’s price tag of around £60 million on winger and Chelsea’s main attacking transfer target this summer Raheem Sterling has been vindicated but the Blues can still potentially save up to £17m.

It has taken a short while for Chelsea to get going in the summer transfer window following months of sanctions that prevented them making headway, but with Romelu Lukaku’s situation seemingly heading towards a positive conclusion, attention is starting to finally switch towards incomings. Although defence is the main priority in this summer’s transfer window amid fresh updates on Jules Kounde and Man City’s Nathan Ake, it is in fact another player from the current Premier League champions who could be joining Chelsea next season.

This is according to The Athletic, who report that confidence is growing between both parties that a deal can be completed in the near future which will see the player make the move that he hopes guarantees him more regular first-team football. Sterling is set to enter the final year of his contract with City, and reports do vary on the potential cost to Chelsea, with estimates between £35million and £60million.

Regardless of what fee is to be agreed upon, it is looking clear now that Sterling will become one of the first signings of the Boehly era at Stamford Bridge, with Kounde and Ousmane Dembele also strongly linked.

Whilst both still remain on course to become Chelsea players for 2022/23, The Telegraph have validated this sentiment with their updates on the situation which should progress even further once the £97.5m club-record signing ends his second London stay in favour of an early Serie A return.

Their report has also included details on the likes of Christopher Nkunku, Ake and a plethora of other defensive options still under consideration in this big squad rebuild but the price of Sterling himself was also noted. They say that around £50-60m will need to be put on the table by Marina Granovskaia if they are to wrap up these negotiations swiftly despite what looks like pre-mature reports stating that £35m could be agreed upon.

Now, whether £60m or even £50m is too steep for someone with little time left on their contract remains up for debate, but the selling club in this example have been vindicated for their price tag by the CIES Football Observatory.In their estimation, with all factors considered, they have priced a player who has scored 131 goals in 339 for City in all competitions since his switch from Liverpool back in 3015 anywhere between £43m-£60m. Knowing Granovskaia’s ability to negotiate a good deal, she and the rest of the Blues board will hope that a compromise nearer the £43m point can be reached and settled upon between both parties.

Although, there is still belief amongst the current World Champions that a figure of around £35m, which Liverpool have just sold Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich for in similar circumstances contract-wise, should be reasonable for a transfer like this one. Whether City stands firm or not remains to be seen.

Chelsea fans- How much should the club be really looking to splash out on Raheem Sterling this summer considering the £200m transfer budget? Leave your thoughts down below in the comments section!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Tuchel’s first-choice Chelsea attack after Raheem Sterling and Ousmane Dembele transfers

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Chelsea’s attack for next season could look rather different if two signings in particular were to happen in this summer’s transfer window.

It has taken a short while for Chelsea to get going in the summer transfer window following months of sanctions that prevented them from making headway, but with Romelu Lukaku’s situation seemingly heading towards a positive conclusion, attention is starting to finally switch towards incomings. Although defence is the main priority in this summer’s transfer window amid fresh updates on Jules Kounde and Man City’s Nathan Ake, it is in fact another player from the current Premier League champions who could be joining Chelsea next season.

This is according to The Athletic, who report that confidence is growing between both parties that a deal can be completed in the near future which will see the player make the move that he hopes guarantees him more regular first-team football. Sterling is set to enter the final year of his contract with City, and reports do vary on the potential cost to Chelsea, with estimates between £35million and £60million. Regardless of what fee is to be agreed upon, it is looking clear now that Sterling will become one of the first signings of the Boehly era at Stamford Bridge, with Kounde and Ousmane Dembele also strongly linked.

Dembele is set to make his final decision about his future upon his return from holiday, despite speaking about his current situation with a Barca supporter in a recent encounter. His injury record was reportedly of concern to the higher-ups at Stamford Bridge if he was to be brought in. Amidst the rumours that the 27-year-old’s arrival could end any Dembele transfer hope, football.london understands that the Blues are planning to bring both aforementioned targets in to help refresh the attack.

The business up to may not stop there though despite the need for major defensive surgery and potentially in the midfield too if Ruben Loftus-Cheek was to leave amid fresh Lazio transfer updates. It is well known that a new striker is wanted and Robert Lewandowski is viewed as the ideal man to take on the mantle that is going to be left by the £97.5m club-record signing. His willingness though to join Barcelona has made this one a no-go so far. Alternative options had included Lautaro Martinez, Darwin Nunez and Jonathan David.

However, Lautaro wants to stay put at Inter whilst Nunez moved to Premier League rivals Liverpool. Nothing concrete recently has come out on Lille forward David, so that is certainly one to look out for throughout the window. Currently, though, the striker options that manager Thomas Tuchel will have at his disposal will be Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Armando Broja. The latter two have been linked away this summer but it seems unlikely Todd Boehly would let both go prior to a World Cup season which will see squad depth tested to the maximum. Replacements would have to be purchased in the worst-case scenario.

With much of this transfer window still to play out, what would Chelsea’s best front three combination be ahead of this unusual up-and-coming season kicking off in early August if Sterling and Dembele both arrive?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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