Report: Lukaku is the First Choice if Haaland Deal Falls Through
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland reamins Chelsea’s ‘first goal’ this summer, but if the Blues fail to bring the Norwegian in they will target Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku instead, according to reports.
The 20-year-old has returned to Borussia Dortmund for pre-season following his summer break, but talk over his future remains high amid interest from Chelsea, who see signing the striker as the clubs’ ‘main priority’ this summer.
However, as per Italian journalist Angelo Mangiante of SkySport, if Chelsea fail to land Haaland, Lukaku would become the ‘first choice’.
Lukaku has already expressed his intention to stay at Inter Milan this summer amid links to a return to the Premier League.
Speaking on his future last month, Lukaku responded to questions over his future this summer.
He said: “Yes, I am staying. I’ve already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager. Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet… It was a very positive conversation. There’s also the challenge of doing it again (winning the league). I feel good at Inter.”
It is reported that owner Roman Abramovich ‘would love’ for Lukaku to be the striker that the Blues sign this summer. He is one of his ‘favourite’ players however Haaland remains the number one target at the moment.
Lukaku impressed for Belgium at Euro 2020, scoring four goals after an impressive season in Italy and Chelsea could turn their attention to the forward if a deal for Haaland doesn’t happen this summer.