The hills are alive with the sound of Chelsea getting ready to set some transfer records, and supposedly Don-Corleone-ing an offer that Inter Milan simply can’t refuse.
It should be noted that we were supposedly “preparing” a mega-crazy-ultimate bid for Erling Haaland, too, until that never actually happened. We’ve now moved on to doing the same with Lukaku. For what it’s worth, this seems more likely to actually become reality.
Over the past 48 hours, this story has grown from a sidenote to headline news, complete with a price tag (€120-130m) and wages (€12-15m, up to double his current wages) and a sense that Lukaku may be open to agreeing to return and fulfill his Blues destiny over a decade in the making.
UPDATE: The Telegraph’s Matt Law’s going big with the “WILL” agree.
Chelsea are preparing a new bid to sign Romelu Lukaku. Proposal expected around €120/130m after opening bid turned down by Inter [€100m + Marcos Alonso involved in the deal]. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 3, 2021
Chelsea are also offering Lukaku a long term contract for €12m net per season as salary.
Should we in fact progress beyond this “preparing” stage, it would surely spell the end of Tammy Abraham at the club (even if that looks likely regardless). Tammy’s been linked with Arsenal, Aston Villa, and most recently Atalanta as well, where he could replace the replacement Inter may be targeting if Lukaku leaves.