🔹Internazionale remain determined not to sell Romelu Lukaku after rejecting Chelsea’s bid of €100m (£85.4m), including Marcos Alonso, for the Belgium striker.
🔹Thomas Tuchel is keen to sign a striker and Lukaku is seen as a more realistic target than Erling Haaland. Chelsea hope that Inter’s financial difficulties will eventually force them into selling their top asset and they are weighing up whether to test the Serie A club’s resolve with an improved offer.
🔹Chelsea have also looked at a deal for Haaland but have received little encouragement that Dortmund are going to shift their stance on the 21-year-old. Dortmund are under little financial pressure after selling Jadon Sancho to United for £73m and it is likely to take an enormous offer to make them consider parting company with Haaland.
🔹Chelsea have monitored Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and are interested in Tottenham’s Harry Kane. However they acknowledge that the chances of Tottenham selling to their London rivals are almost non-existent.
🔹Chelsea remain in talks with Sevilla over a deal for Jules Koundé. They are yet to reach an agreement over a fee for the France centre-back and are likely to need to sell a defender to make the transfer happen. Kurt Zouma is available and has been offered to Sevilla as part of a deal. However Zouma would prefer to stay in London and has been targeted by West Ham.
🔗 Jacob Steinberg & Fabrizio Romano – Guardian