Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich tussling to sign Chelsea striker
When Romelu Lukaku returned to Chelsea last summer in a club-record deal worth €115 million deal, a lot was expected of the striker. After all, he had just led Inter Milan to the Serie A title triumph under Antonio Conte and had unfinished business at Stamford Bridge.
However, safe to say that things have not worked out as the player or the club would have envisaged. The 28-year-old has struggled to reproduce his form from last season and has managed a paltry tally of just five goals from 19 Premier League outings.
It has led to Lukaku falling behind Kai Havertz in the pecking order at Chelsea. And, there have been speculations that the striker could be ready to cut short his second stint with the London club and move in the summer.
Inter Milan have been naturally linked with a move for their former striker, but Fichajes has come out with a report claiming that three other European giants are vying to sign the former Manchester United ace.
As per the Spanish outlet, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all in a transfer tussle to sign Lukaku in the summer transfer window.
It is no secret that Barcelona are in the market for a top-quality striker this summer, with Erling Haaland having been touted as their primary target. However, the Catalans are set to miss out on the Borussia Dortmund ace and have been looking for alternatives.
Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich has been heavily linked of late, but Lukaku, too, has emerged as an option for the Blaugrana as they look to add more firepower to their frontline.
As for Real Madrid, they, too, are in the hunt to sign Haaland but could miss out on the Norwegian, who is being tipped to join Manchester City. As a result, Lukaku has emerged as a Plan B for Florentino Perez & co. ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
Bayern Munich see Lukaku as a replacement for Lewandowski, who has his heart set on a summer exit as his contract expires in a year. Barça are one among an array of suitors for the Polish striker and an exit could be on the cards, leaving Die Roten to explore signing Lukaku.
Any move would, however, depend on the relaxation of the sanctions on Chelsea by the UK Government due to the ties between their owner Roman Abramovich and Russian President Vladimir Putin.