Tuchel comments on Zouma's Chelsea future among West Ham links
Chelsea have seen two bids knocked back for Romelu Lukaku as the Blues go on their pursuit for a world-course striker this summer. The Champions League winners have seemingly accepted defeat in their efforts to sign Erling Haaland later Borussia Dortmund refused to entertain offers for their star frontman.
The due west London outfit have turned their attention to Lukaku after receiving a blunt response to their initial talks with Dortmund over Haaland, 20.
The Norwegian was idea to be Thomas Tuchel’s top target after scoring 41 goals in 41 games terminal season.
Even despite reports of a £160million toll tag, it was believed Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich was willing to sanction the deal to ensure Tuchel gets his human.
But the Bundesliga outfit accept refused to talk over a deal, leaving Chelsea to follow up on their involvement in re-signing Lukaku, who joined the society as an 18-year-one-time from Anderlecht in 2011.
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According to The Athletic, the Blues have fabricated clear their intentions to sign the 28-yr-former despite Inter Milan doing their utmost to spurn offers for their star striker.
Chelsea take seen ii offers knocked dorsum for Lukaku and could at present render with third offering that would nail their transfer record, reports in Italy suggest.
Lukaku joined the Italian champions in August 2019 for a club-record £74m fee subsequently falling out of favour at Manchester United.
But he has constitute happier times playing in Italy, scoring 24 goals in Serie A last flavor to help Inter on their way to their first Scudetto since 2010-11.
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Merely Antonio Conte resigned just weeks afterward amid disagreements regarding transfer policy, with Achraf Hakimi after departing for Paris Saint-Germain.
It was idea that Inter’s precarious financial situation could encounter them forced to sell i of Lukaku or Lautaro Martinez, who has been recently linked with Arsenal.
Just the Belgian striker reaffirmed his commitment to the Nerazzuri, insisting his target is to keep winning trophies in Milan.
"We hope to do well and achieve even more than than concluding twelvemonth. I’m thrilled to be back,” Lukaku told the club’southward official media channel. https://www.inter.it/en/news/2021/07/26/lukaku-interview-inter-2021-training-camp.html
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“We promise to go on down the path that we’ve started and to continue winning.
“All the players will work difficult to make your dreams come true.”
Tuchel is keen to sign another striker subsequently watching his side struggle to find the net last season, scoring but 58 goals in the Premier League — a lower total than Leeds United.
Chelsea recruited Germany international Timo Werner from RB Leipzig from £47.5million last summer and added his compatriot Kai Havertz later in the summer for a society record £72m fee.
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But the pair struggled to acclimatise to life in England and Werner managed to score but 6 goals in 35 league appearances, while Havertz struck four times.
The fact defensive midfielder Jorginho, the club’s designated penalty taker, topped the scoring charts with seven goals in the league laid bare their drastic need for a regular goalscorer.
Tammy Abraham, who scored in the 2-i friendly victory over Armory on Sunday, has been linked with a £40m movement away and that could office-fund their move for Lukaku.
Inter have stated their reluctance to sell their prized asset, with CEO Giuseppe Marotta alarm off potential suitors by insisting he is “not for sale”.
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“From our side, we can say yes absolutely, Lukaku is not for sale,” he said.
“Lukaku is an important piece on the chessboard available to [head coach] Simone Inzaghi.”
Meanwhile, Tuchel has suggested that his desire to sign a new striker has not inverse after Werner was guilty of some indecisive moments in goal in his return to activeness.
The 25-year-sometime set up Havertz for the opener but struggled with confidence in front of goal, a continuation of his disappointing course in 2020-21.
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Tuchel is refusing to judge his forward merely however after Werner’s short fourth dimension between returning from vacation only admits it is down to Werner to improve his form.
“Nothing has changed so far,” the German said. "He had a so-so Euros with Germany, but that was a business organisation of the whole squad not his personal trouble.
“Now information technology’due south on him. Like e'er it’southward on him to show his quality and his ability.
“It’south very hard to take a first friction match, first 45 minutes afterwards a tough calendar week that we put into the players, to play on this kind of level.
“I’thousand happy that he was dangerous but in that location were some chances where he could be more decisive, could have scored could have assisted another ane or two.
“It’s a fleck the same, like in the last games, simply like I said, we’ve just started and it’due south non the moment to blame.”