Thomas Tuchel praises Romelu Lukaku as a “great” striker and teases a move to Chelsea.
After Chelsea’s pre-season friendly against Tottenham, manager Thomas Tuchel was asked about a possible transfer for Romelu Lukaku.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has described Romelu Lukaku as “great” and believes “a lot of players want to come and join” the Stamford Bridge club, according to rumours the Belgian has asked Inter Milan to consent to a trade if a suitable offer is made.
The Blues have had two bids for their former striker rejected by Inter this summer, but are expected to make a third offer worth more than £100 million.
The issue took a new turn on Wednesday night when it was reported that the 28-year-old, who scored 24 Serie A goals for Inter last season, wants the move.
According to Sky Sports, Lukaku has told Inter that he wants them to accept an offer for him if the price is right.
After a second approach of £85 million plus Marcos Alonso was rejected by the Milan giants, a cost of between £92 million and £102 million was anticipated to convince the Italians to do business.
Following a 2-2 pre-season game with Tottenham, Tuchel remained tight-lipped when asked about the former Everton and Manchester United striker, who spent three years at Chelsea between 2011 and 2014.
Despite this, he teased the potential of the striker becoming the Blues’ first big-name summer acquisition, calling him “great” and claiming that many players would want to join the European champions.
“I’m not going to talk about players who aren’t in my squad,” he said. Romelu Lukaku is a terrific player, but he’s an Inter player, and with all due respect, I’m not going to talk about him,” the German coach remarked after his team drew 2-2 with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.
When asked about Lukaku, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho responded, “I won’t comment about him in this scenario.” Not everyone [wishes to], but I assume a large number of players would like to join, but we don’t comment on that.”
When asked if the Londoners are in need of a world-class striker after expressing interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Tuchel admitted that a “direct” striker is required as he looks to build on last season’s Champions League triumph.
“With Olivier Giroud’s departure, we could use a player who can play with his back.”Brinkwire Summary News”.