As Chelsea begin their search for a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, Roman Abramovich steps in.
Chelsea are poised to add more players this week, including Romelu Lukaku, who will return to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have apparently moved on to their next major summer transfer target, Romelu Lukaku, with a reported agreement in place. The Blues have been looking for a new striker throughout the summer, after first showing interest in Erling Haaland.
Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, made it apparent from the start that they were not willing to allow the striker depart, especially with Jadon Sancho on his way to Manchester United.
Since then, the Norway international has spoken out about his future plans, stating that he hopes to play for Dortmund this season.
This allows Haaland’s rumored £68 million release clause to be invoked in the next 12 months.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have decided to stick to their original goal of buying a striker this summer, and Lukaku has swiftly emerged as a viable alternative.
Lukaku is expected to undergo a physical this week for a sum in the region of £97 million.
It remains to be seen whether he will be available for Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea, on the other hand, appears to have quickly moved on to their next target in the transfer market.
When Thomas Tuchel took over at Chelsea, he used three defenders, with Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, and Cesar Azpilicueta being the typical choices.
The German head coach, on the other hand, is thought to be keen on bringing in more defensive reinforcements.
And Jules Kounde has been tipped as Chelsea’s primary target, with Sevilla reportedly open to talks.
Tuchel has made it known to Chelsea’s hierarchy, according to Spanish site ABC Deportes, that Kounde is the player he wants to bring in.
According to the report, Roman Abramovich is expected to intervene to try to reach an agreement with Sevilla.
Should Kounde go, Sevilla are thought to be actively seeking for replacements.
And Kounde is said to be sure that the shift to Stamford Bridge will go well.
Kurt Zouma has been mentioned as a possible addition to a Kounde trade, but Chelsea’s existing player-plus-cash contract has proven to be insufficient.