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Chelsea watches Romelu Lukaku as Tuchel takes aim at the Premier League title challenge | Chelsea


Thomas Tuchel is planning a move for Romelu Lukaku as he considers how to build a dynasty at Chelsea and mold a team capable of competing for the Premier League title next season after winning the Champions League on Saturday night.

Chelsea became European champions for the second time after their 1-0 win over Manchester City at the Estadio do Dragão and Tuchel, who is close to signing a new two-year contract, is already hungry for more success. The coach, who met club owner Roman Abramovich in person for the first time on Saturday, is aiming for a maximum of three transfers this summer and is eager to increase his attacking options, with Internazionale’s Lukaku prominent in his thoughts.

Inter will do their best to keep Lukaku after signing him for £ 74m from Manchester United two years ago. The Italians won’t want to lose him and will first look to raise funds by selling right-back Achraf Hakimi and Argentine forward Lautaro Martínez. However, Chelsea have the financial means to test Inter’s resolve and Tuchel, who had further talks with Abramovich on Sunday, is determined to form a team that will conquer it all.

“We have to check with the owner if this is his plan,” Tuchel said. “It is always possible. The belief is very strong. We have a group with a very strong bond. It is still a young team. The challenge now is to make this not too heavy for us, this great success.

“It’s like a similar deal with Tom Brady when they ask him what his favorite win is and he says, ‘next time.’ We have a Premier League to play from day one. We will be seen a little differently as Champions of the Champions League and this is where we have to step forward. If we really want to build something, I totally agree. I am happy to discuss it. If our beliefs match, we start from there. “

A new striker is a priority for Tuchel, who will be granted a contract extension until 2023 with the option of one more year. Chelsea have been lacking in ruthlessness this season, with Timo Werner enduring a difficult campaign, and will need a better vanguard if they are to end City’s domestic supremacy after finishing fourth this season.

Chelsea, which could also be strengthened in defense and midfield, is one of the clubs interested in Harry Kane, who wants to leave Tottenham. However, Spurs are unlikely to do business with them and Borussia Dortmund is also understood to be determined not to lose Erling Haaland this summer. Dortmund would rather sell to English winger Jadon Sancho.

Chelsea are eager to trade Declan Rice, who has become a key figure in West Ham and England's midfield.
Chelsea are eager to trade Declan Rice, who has become a key figure in West Ham and England’s midfield. Photograph: Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

That has left Chelsea considering a reunion with Lukaku. A move for the Belgian forward, who spent a brief stint in West London before joining Everton in 2013, could be feasible due to Inter’s financial difficulties. Inter need to sell players this summer and Lukaku is considering his future after seeing former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte leave the Serie A champions by mutual consent last week.

Lukaku scored 24 goals in 36 appearances and Inter won the title for the first time since 2010. The 28-year-old’s scoring pedigree is not in doubt and Conte came close to bringing him back to Chelsea four years ago, only to have United sign it. the striker for £ 75 million from Everton.

Tuchel has often played without a traditional No. 9 since he replaced Frank Lampard on an initial 18-month contract in January. Olivier Giroud could walk away with a free transfer and Chelsea, who must hand Thiago Silva a new one-year deal, could raise funds by selling Tammy Abraham, who was not on the bench against City. West Ham and Leicester are interested in Abraham.

Other outings could also include Ross Barkley, Emerson Palmieri, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fikayo Tomori. Milan are expected to make Tomori’s loan permanent by signing the defender for £ 25m.

Chelsea are expected to start talks with Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen before both defenders are left without contracts next summer. However, they might need a new center-back if Kurt Zouma leaves. They have looked at Niklas Süle and Jérôme Boateng from Bayern Munich.

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Another midfielder is also a possibility. Tuchel has rekindled Chelsea’s interest in Declan Rice, although there is no indication West Ham is willing to sell him. Other options include Julian Weigl of Benfica, Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes and Aurélien Tchouaméni of Monaco.

However, Tuchel, who will receive a £ 7 million annual salary increase, does not think Chelsea will need many signings after spending £ 220 million on seven players last summer. “Two or three could be very, very good,” he said. “We don’t need another seven. But we have some ideas to strengthen the group ”.

Tuchel, who has been living in a hotel since arriving in Chelsea, will join his family in London this summer. “We will get a house in mid-July,” he said. “My family will come in August. It felt like a sacrifice. In a way, it was nice to have full concentration during this crazy time with the crown and Brexit, and the kids in school, that we don’t have to balance everything. But it was a lot for them. “


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