Chelsea will try to re-sign Romelu Lukaku if they miss out on Erling Haaland this summer, according to reports.
The Blues are said to be keen to sign a new striker at the end of the season, despite spending £47.6m on Timo Werner ahead of the current campaign.
Werner has endured a disappointing debut season at Stamford Bridge, scoring only 10 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions.
Thomas Tuchel has left Tammy Abraham out of his matchday squad at times in recent weeks, while Olivier Giroud will turn 35 later this year and could depart the club when his contract expires on June 30.
Chelsea (opens in new tab) are among the clubs keeping tabs on Haaland’s situation, although they will face stiff competition for his signature.
The Borussia Dortmund (opens in new tab) striker is the most in-demand player in the world right now, and it will be difficult for Chelsea to win the race to sign him.
As such, the west London outfit have begun to look for alternatives, and Calciomercato (opens in new tab) reports that Lukaku is at the top of that particular list.
The Belgium international joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 but only ever played 15 first-team games for the club.
The striker now plies his trade in Italy with Inter (opens in new tab), for whom he has scored 27 goals this term.
Twenty-one of those strikes have come in Serie A, with Antonio Conte’s side on the verge of winning the title.
Nevertheless, Chelsea believe they could tempt Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge and are willing to offer £86.3m for his services, according to the Italian outlet.
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