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Chelsea Centre-Forward Is On Paris Saint-Germain’s Radar: Should Tuchel Cash In On Him?

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In a recent report, El Nacional mentioned that Chelsea centre-forward Romelu Lukaku is on Paris Saint-Germain’s radar. It is understood that the French club is eyeing a move for the Blues striker following his controversial comments involving his desire to return to Inter Milan recently.

Lukaku’s Up And Down Season At Stamford Bridge

Lukaku has endured an injury-ravaged campaign for the West London outfit so far but has done well to find some form for them of late. The 28-year-old has banged in eight goals and picked up two assists in 20 matches for the Blues this season across multiple competitions.

The Belgian international deserves credit for averaging 1.7 shots, 1.1 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in the Premier League. However, he needs to improve his link-up play in the final third after completing just 72.7% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

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Should Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel Cash In On Lukaku?

Lukaku can use his powerful 1.91m frame to hold possession up and get his teammates involved in the final third. He has always been an aerial threat from indirect set-pieces and can score his fair share of goals with his head. The Belgian international packs a lot of power with his shot attempts and is usually a clinical finisher up top when he is playing well on the pitch.

At the moment, Lukaku remains Chelsea‘s first-choice forward. If the Belgian powerhouse remains fit for the remainder of this campaign, he could help the Blues challenge for a trophy or two this year.

Thus, it makes no sense for Thomas Tuchel to cash in on him unless the player once again publicly expresses his desire to leave next summer. The London giants would be better off moving past his recent comments about returning to Inter as he is far too important for them to lose this month.

However, if things do not work out for Lukaku, Tuchel would be wise to sell him to the highest bidder so that the German head coach can use the money generated from his sale to sign a suitable replacement at the end of this season.

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