ROMELU LUKAKU’s shocking admission that he is ‘unhappy’ at Chelsea could force the Blues to dip their toes into the transfer market to find a new striker.
Thomas Tuchel was left behind by Lukaku admission, and has confirmed that Head-to-head talks with a £97.5m summer signing are on the cards.
And those talks could lead to Lukaku pushing for a exit, just six months after joining, with the Belgium international making it clear he looking forward to returning to Inter.
Should that be the case, Chelsea will be tempted to break the bank again in a pre-registration race.
Timo Werner has yet to find the top spot, and has been used by Tuchel in a wide range of roles.
Kai Havertz has been used as a number nine mistakes, but a striker will be needed in the event of Lukaku’s departure.
Below SunSport takes a look at who the Blues could target in January, when the transfer window opens tomorrow.
The 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund player is tipped to cost just £64m in the summer due to his contract’s release clause.
But if Lukaku is transferred in January, the Blues could be tempted to leave Haaland early in an attempt to avoid competition for his signature in the summer.
Tuchel previously let Chelsea fans down by confirmed interest in Haaland.
He revealed that Haaland and Lukaku can play together, but with the ensuing unhappiness, the Blues could indeed look to replace him with the Haaland scoring machine.
Chelsea were linked with a move to Kane, 28, in the summer, before Manchester City emerged as the leaders.
Kane is said to be one of two options for Chelsea, the other is Lukaku.
So if the Belgian striker continues, Tuchel could return in place of the England captain.
Vlahovic is another that has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs.
And the 21-year-old Serbian has turned down a record contract offer from current club Fiorentina, and could leave as early as January.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been linked, and Chelsea may well take their hats off to a recent striker equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 33 Serie A goals in a calendar year.
Lewandowski reportedly ‘ready’ to sign for Chelsea in the summer, but the Blues did not pursue the move to sign the Bayern Munich striker.
The 33-year-old is expected to undergo a new challenge after nearly eight years at Bayern.
He has less than 18 months left on his current deal with Bayern, and could once again look to push for a January transfer.
With 30 goals in just 25 games this season, Lewandwoski is proving he still has what it takes to play at the highest level.
Cavani signed a one-year extension with Manchester United in the summer, but is unlikely to renew again for a period of six months.
That means he’s a free agent in the summer, so United can look for cash and accept a low price for the 34-year-old while they still can.
This takes on the nuance of Radamel Falcao, who joined Chelsea just one season after his time at Old Trafford.
And Cavani is likely to offer a short-term solution from January until the summer in the event that Lukaku leaves, before a more permanent deal is made in the summer.
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