Inter have rejected a third offer from Chelsea for striker Romelu Lukaku which would have seen Marcos Alonso move to San Siro in exchange.
It was revealed on Monday that Chelsea had already lodged two informal offers for the Belgian, whom 90min understands would be ‘very interested‘ in a move back to Stamford Bridge if Inter agree to sell him.
Chelsea are keen to give him the chance to come back and Gianluca Di Marzio notes that the Blues have submitted yet another bid for Lukaku which was quickly knocked back. This time, the offer stood at €100m (£85m) plus left-back Marcos Alonso.
The belief is that Chelsea will return with an improved offer in the near future, but it is noted that Lukaku may have to voice a desire to leave if the bid is to be accepted.
There is currently no indication that Lukaku will push for an exit. His public stance that he is happy in Milan is the truth and he has not been unsettled by the departure of manager Antonio Conte, but he would not rule out a return to Chelsea either.
Chelsea are on the hunt for a new superstar striker, and having grown frustrated with Borussia Dortmund‘s refusal to sell Erling Haaland, they have turned their attention back to Lukaku and are exploring ways to lure the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge.
Including Alonso looks to be a smart way to go. As noted by Calciomercato, the Spaniard remains on Inter‘s wish list even after Conte’s departure and there is a good chance that they will launch a bid for him before the summer comes to an end.
The deals may end up being separate, which isn’t exactly a major concern for Chelsea, but it does complicate things as they need to find a way to come up with close to £100m if they are to convince Inter to sell.
Chelsea’s belief is that Inter need to sell to balance the books and reduce their wage budget, and while it’s a stretch to say there is optimism that the deal will get done, the Blues see Lukaku as their best chance of landing a superstar forward this summer.
Thomas Tuchel has also voiced an interest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane, but even though the Englishman has refused to return to training, Spurs are still ruling out the idea of offloading him.