Chelsea are preparing to ramp up their interest in a £90million deal for former striker Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to reports.
Summer signing Timo Werner struggled to make an impact again during Tuesday night’s Champions League draw at Real Madrid. To that end, the Blues reportedly believe the Germany frontman will not come good at Stamford Bridge and will move for Inter frontman Lukaku instead.
The report in The Sun claims that Thomas Tuchel’s men are willing to bid up to £90m for the 27-year-old.
Lukaku has been in excellent form for Inter all season, with the Nerazzuri close to Serie A glory. The former Man Utd frontman has notched 34 goals in all for club and country.
The Inter star was at Chelsea as a youngster after signing from Anderlecht. However, he made only 10 Premier League appearances before joining Everton for £28m in 2014.
A huge move to Old Trafford followed in 2017 but things did not work out well for Lukaku in Manchester. He eventually jetted out to Italy to join Inter in an €80m deal and has not looked back.
He is viewed as a major upgrade on the misfiring Werner, who has scored just 10 goals this season.
Hudson slams Werner
The former RB Leipzig man also came in for stick from Blues legend Alan Hudson after his display at Real.
Hudson told CaughtOffside: “Werner cost a ridiculous amount of money – who the hell bought him?.
“The opportunity he missed from six yards out with the goalkeeper scrambling on his line was just incomprehensible.
“Pulisic hit a terrific first goal. But Chelsea defended badly on the equalizer, even though Benzema took it brilliantly.
“I immediately thought of Werner and told my friend ‘swap him for Benzema and Chelsea win by three or four goals’.”
However, Hudson also stated that he is not convinced about Lukaku and wants Harry Kane instead.
He added: “Out of the players you mentioned, I’d choose Harry Kane. He’d be perfect.
“I don’t think Lukaku is the answer as Chelsea need a player to play off up front. Harry would be perfect especially as Spurs are now in free-fall.”