Chelsea have made huge steps in bid to land Romelu Lukaku, by launch around £88million plus Marcos Alonso but the proposal was rejected by the Serie A champions who insist the frontman needs to stay.
The European countries are in market for new world-class centre-forward ahead of next season, and it’s understood that the Erling Haaland, 21, who establish himself as one of best youngest attacker in the Europe, is Tuchel No. 1 target.
But Borussia Dortmund are reluctant to sell their prime this summer, as a result of that Thomas Tuchel’s recruitment team turned their attention back to the Belgian star, who helped Inter secured Serie A title last season.
The 28-year-old, who scored 24 goals last season to help guide Inter to the league title, was sold by Chelsea to Everton in 2014 then turned down the chance to rejoin the Blues three years later when he opted for Manchester United.
The 28-year old is admired by Thomas Tuchel who wants a world-class centre-forward to lead his attack in upcoming campaign.
Since the Belgian arrived at the San Siro for £73m in 2019, he has netted an incredible 64 goals in 95 appearances across all competitions.
Inter Milan entered the summer needed to sell players due to their precarious financial situation, as a result of the club being badly impacted by the pandemic.
The sale of Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain for £51.3m has relieved some of that pressure and put the Serie A club in a better position in their bid to keep hold of the 28-year-old forward, who also appeared to be happy to stay in Italy.
‘I did get to relax, but I’ve also been training to stay fit and be able to start [the season] well,’ he told the club’s official media channel last week when asked about his summer break.
‘We now have a few weeks to prepare as well as we can for the new campaign. We hope to do well and achieve even more than last year.
‘I’m thrilled to be back. We hope to continue down the path that we’ve started and to keep winning. All the players will work hard to make your dreams come true.’
The Champions League holders find themselves in a similar position with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
The German club do not want to lose their star player after already losing Jadon Sancho to Manchester United this summer.
Any pursuit for Erling Haaland might be more realistic next summer, when his £68million release clause becomes active.
It leaves Chelsea in a difficult situation with the transfer window coming to a close on August 31.
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel’s recruitment team also remain in discussions with Sevilla over a deal for France centre-back Jules Kounde.