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Chelsea Identify This Inter Milan Forward As A Top Target: Should Tuchel Get Him On Board?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Telegraph stated that Chelsea have identified Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku as a top target this summer. It is understood that the Blues are showing interest in bringing their former striker back to Stamford Bridge before the start of the new season (via The Telegraph).

Lukaku’s Sensational Goal-Scoring Record At San Siro Last Season

Lukaku had another incredible season at Milan as he continued to bang in goals at a high rate for the Italian outfit over the past 12 months. The 28-year-old featured in 44 matches for Inter in the previous campaign, netting 30 goals and providing ten assists in all competitions.

The Antwerpen-born sensation was a consistent performer for the Milan giants after he averaged 2.7 shots, 1.4 key passes 1.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A football. However, he needs to work on improving his ball distribution based on his pass success rate of 72.5% in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).

Lukaku is currently playing at the top of his game, so we can expect him to make an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge if the Blues can find a way to lure him back to West London during this summer transfer window.

Chelsea identify Lukaku as a top target (Lukaku is seen in the picture)
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Should The Blues Get Lukaku On Board This Summer?

Lukaku can make some powerful runs with the ball in the final third and is an accomplished finisher in front of the opposition goal. Standing at 1.91m, he can use his remarkable strength to outmuscle his marker in the attacking end of the field and is proficient at winning his fair share of aerial duels up top.

The experienced Belgian international can even contribute by picking up some important assists for his team. However, he has to figure out a way to improve his first touch if he wants to prove his worth at the West London club this time around.

At 28, Lukaku has still got plenty of years left in him and would be a good signing for the Blues this summer. He will enhance the quality of Chelsea’s starting XI considerably and could help Thomas Tuchel’s side to bridge the gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table next season.

Plus, the Inter Milan star would serve as an upgrade over Timo Werner who has flattered to deceive with his performances on his debut season in English football. Hence, the current UEFA Champions League winners should consider getting Lukaku on board in this summer transfer period as he is more than capable of leading the line at Stamford Bridge week in week out in the coming seasons.

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