Chelsea are expected to strike the deal of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan in the next 24 hours as boss Tuchel keen on included the powerful frontman in his squad that would face Villarreal in the Super League final at Windsor Park in Belfast next Wednesday.
The Champions League holder believed to be offering £95million plus add-ons for the Belgian star after a bid of £85m plus left-back Marcos Alonso was rejected earlier this week.
With the Blues working hard on strike the deal, Inter have already set them a deadline of Sunday to complete a deal, after Lukaku informing Inter boss Simone Inzaghi he was keen to go back to Stamford Bridge for a second spell.
Chelsea are prepared to make Lukaku one of the Premier League’s top earners with a basic salary of more than £350,000 a week.
The Belgian international, who joined the Nerazzurri from Manchester United in a region of £70million, had been overly impressive, netted 64 goals in 95 appearances across all competitions since arrived at San Siro two summer ago.
Last season, the 28-year-old frontman was adjudged the Serie A player of the season after his goals guided the Guissepe Meaza outfit to their first Serie A title in over a decade.
Concerning the Super Cup final, Chelsea have already named 21 players at of 23, means if Lukaku deal completed before Monday, there’s possiblity for him to be included in the squad.
Meanwhile, Kounde’s deal has stalled as the Blues focus all their attention on securing a Stamford Bridge return for Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku.
As a result of that, the Frenchman’s chances of make his debut for Chelsea in the Super Cup final against Villarreal doubt, but there’s a chance for Lukaku if Chelsea can reach agreement before Monday, when Thomas Tuchel’s men will jet off to Belfast.
The 21 Chelsea Player That available for selection against Villarreal
Kepa, Bettinelli, Mendy, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Zouma, Chilwell, James, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Pulisic, Kovacic, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz, Abraham, Werner.
23 man squad allowed so room for 2 more players to be added.