See What Lukaku Will Give Chelsea That Erling Haaland Could Never
The arrival of Romelu Lukaku will provide Chelsea with something Erling Haaland could never provide. Chelsea is close to completing a deal for the Belgian international, who previously spent three years with the Blues between 2011 and 2014. Romelu Lukaku will be a Chelsea player by the end of the weekend if everything goes according to plan. The Blues are just a few steps away from bringing the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge. Rumors going around has it that Lukaku and Chelsea have reached an agreement in terms of football. Inter has apparently been told of the forward’s wish to return to his boyhood club. It’s now up to Marina Granovskaia to reach an agreement with the Serie A champions.
There will be wrangling by Roman Abramovich’s most trusted negotiator, but the Nerazzurri are expected to accept an offer in excess of £100 million, with the club turning to Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata to fill the vacuum left by the Belgium international. Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea’s head coach, is said to have played a crucial role in persuading Lukaku to return to the club he first joined in 2011. When queried about the transfer after last night’s 2-2 pre-season tie with Tottenham, the German remained tight-lipped. He stated: “I’m not going to talk about guys who aren’t in my squad. Romelu Lukaku is a terrific player, but he plays for Inter, and with all due respect, I will not discuss him in this context.”
Tuchel accepted that Chelsea lacked a muscular presence in their forward line following Olivier Giroud’s transfer to AC Milan earlier this summer. That’s why, before focusing on Lukaku, the Blues were also interested in Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland this summer.
“We may need a sort of player who is used to playing with their back to the goal and can hold possession out of long balls. Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham, and Kai Havertz are not those people. So this is a useful profile that we don’t have in the squad. But not at any expense, and certainly not in a panic. We will be competitive regardless of what happens, and we have faith in our players. In the offensive half of the game, we still have some young players from whom we expect more. As a result, we are both comfortable and conscious of our situation,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel revealed.
If Lukaku returns to Chelsea, he will provide the consistent goalscoring (which Haaland seems to lack) that the Blues sorely missed last season. The Belgium international scored 64 goals in 95 appearances during his two seasons at Inter. And, of course, he has a long and illustrious Premier League resume. Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht when he was 18 years old, but he only stayed for one season before being loaned out. West Bromwich Albion was his first stop, followed by Everton, where he would clinch a permanent deal in the summer of 2014. Three years later, he’d be transferred to Manchester United. In the English Premier League, he made 252 games and scored 113 goals for those clubs. Lukaku added 35 assists to his tally. In the transfer market, he is as close to a sure thing as you can get.