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Chelsea plot an audacious return for their former marksman as Haaland’s alternate

Thomas Tuchel is expected to be handed a substantial transfer budget to make the necessary reinforcements in the summer window at Chelsea.

Chelsea have finally started their journey in the right direction under their new manager, Thomas Tuchel. The club are yet to lose a game under the German boss and sealed a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. As a result, Tuchel has earned the faith of Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich who is expected to hand him a huge transfer budget this season.

The Blues pursuit of Erling Haaland has been well-documented in the recent month, however, Borussia Dortmund are demanding an extravagant transfer fee of around 154 million pounds. The club are now considering several options in the summer and Romelu Lukaku has emerged as a likely candidate as reported by Telegraph. The Belgian striker spent one season at Stamford Bridge, before he made his permanent switch to Everton in 2014.

Lukaku has been one of the standout performers in Europe this season after the former Manchester United striker made his switch to Inter Milan. He has scored 59 goals and delivered 13 assists in 85 matches for Inter so far. At the Italian club, we have witnessed a different dimension to Lukaku’s gameplay as the 27-year old striker is much more than just scoring goals. He has been a team player and has been involved in 40% of the goals his side have scored this season.

However, the Belgian forward still has three years left on his contract at San Siro, which makes it an expensive proposition for Chelsea. Antonio Conte is a huge fan of the striker and will not be willing to lose his best player. If Chelsea do press for a transfer, they are looking at a fee of around 80-90 million pounds, given his existing contract at San Siro.

More importantly, Chelsea have enough surplus in their striking options and they are likely to get rid of Tammy Abraham in the summer. Olivier Giroud will be out of contract in June and is expected to make his way out in the summer. This leaves Timo Werner as the sole striker at the club. The German has failed to live up to the hype that he created during his stay in Germany. However, Thomas Tuchel is expected to keep his faith in the young German and give him another season to prove his worth.

With Timo Werner being a part of Chelsea’s future plans, incurring a huge sum to sign Romelu Lukaku is not an ideal plan for Chelsea. A scenario where Chelsea parts ways with Werner and signs Romelu Lukaku with the funds raised, still seems a bit realistic. Should Chelsea stick with Timo Werner as their first-choice striker for next season?