Erling Haaland has been Chelsea's primary target this summer as the Blues try to consolidate on their Champions League triumph last season. However, talks between Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund have reached a stalemate.
Borussia Dortmund are not keen on selling their prized asset and Erling Haaland is not pushing for a move either. This has forced Chelsea to look elsewhere to solve their striking issues.
The Champions League winners have identified Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku as an alternative to Haaland. The 21-year-old Norwegian forward does have a release clause but it gets activated next summer, meaning Chelsea cannot sign Haaland at a fixed price this summer.
Romelu Lukaku was with Chelsea from 2011 to 2014 but never got a chance to cement his place in the starting XI. Since leaving Stamford Bridge, Lukaku has been an goal machine for Everton (earlier) and now Inter Milan. His spell at United was decent but nothing compared to his form right now.
The 28-year-old Belgian scored 24 goals last season which helped Inter Milan win their first Serie A title since 2010. Despite Inter's financial woes and interest from Chelsea, the Nerazzurri are not willing to sell their star forward this summer.
Chelsea need to address their striker situation before the start of the new season
Despite winning the Champions League and reaching the FA Cup final, Chelsea have a huge hole to fill in their striking department. The Blues forked out around £48 million to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig last summer.
However, the German international has not settled at the club and has been pretty wasteful in front of goal. Werner managed to score just 12 goals in 52 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions.
Chelsea clearly need a new centre-forward. Thomas Tuchel has been forced to start Timo Werner due to his price tag. Amongst the other forwards, Olivier Giroud has been sold to AC Milan while Tammy Abraham does not appear to be part of Tuchel's plans.
However, it is worth noting that Erling Haaland is still Chelsea's first-choice option as a new centre-forward, but the Blues will have to spend upwards of £100 million to sign the 21-year-old superstar.