Chelsea do have a large and fairly complete squad heading into the new season, but what they don’t have is a player you would back to score every single week.
That’s okay in knockout football where Thomas Tuchel is smart enough to out-think the opponent and somebody will usually score, but over the course of a league season it’s a major problem.
They have been pushing hard to sign a reliable number 9 this summer, and the latest report from Fabrizio Romano suggests that Chelsea are ready to go all-out to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge:
Chelsea are preparing a new bid to sign Romelu Lukaku. Proposal expected around €120/130m after opening bid turned down by Inter [€100m + Marcos Alonso involved in the deal]. ? #CFC
Chelsea are also offering Lukaku a long term contract for €12m net per season as salary.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 3, 2021
It’s a complicated deal because Lukaku hasn’t made any noises about wanting to leave and Inter don’t need to sell, so Chelsea need to make a huge offer to both that they simply can’t turn down.
There is a sense that Lukaku has unfinished business with Chelsea and he is the world-class striker that they need, but it’s still not clear if Inter will cave and accept the bid.