Chelsea would have to break their wage structure if they were to sign Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku this summer. The Blues are on the lookout for a world-class striker in the summer transfer window and have reportedly turned their attention to Lukaku after running into difficulties with Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
Haaland quickly emerged as Chelsea’s priority target this summer but Dortmund’s insistence on keeping hold of the Norwegian after selling Jadon Sancho to Manchester United has made a deal difficult to do.
Thomas Tuchel’s side went through the 2020/21 campaign without a regular goalscorer. While the season ended in success in the Champions League final, Chelsea’s shortcomings in front of goal were there for all to see.
Jorginho ended the season with seven penalties in the Premier League, making him the Blues’ top-scorer in the league.
Having spent over £220million last summer to sign Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy, Chelsea have shown they have the financial power to afford another big-money player this off-season.
According to TuttoMercato, the Blues are eyeing up Lukaku, who previously played for the club between 2011 and 2014.
Lukaku scored 30 goals across all competitions last season to help Inter win Serie A and has attracted plenty of attention this summer, despite stating his happiness to stay in Italy.
The report says Lukaku has turned down Chelsea’s initial approach, but the Blues are not deterred and are set to return with a ‘shock offer’, with a bid of ‘at least’ £102m (€120m) needed to convince Inter to sell.
That means a much improved financial package for Lukaku: having first offered him £8.5m (€10m) per year in wages, Chelsea are now ready to up their offer to £12.8m (€15m).
If that is the case – and Inter agreed to sell their star player who has three years left on his contract – Lukaku would earn around £246,000 per week at Stamford Bridge.
That is not as much as the £300,000 per week, which The Guardian says Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola would demand if he left Dortmund, but still some way clear of the club’s current highest earner.
According to Spotrac, that is Chilwell, who pulls in £190,000 per week following his £50m move from Leicester in August.
The England left-back is followed by Werner, who cost around £47m from RB Leipzig last year and earns £170,000 a week.
Next comes American international Christian Pulisic on around £158,000 per week and Kepa Arrizabalaga, who earns £150,000, despite the £71m goalkeeper having been relegated to back-up behind Mendy.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta (£145,000) and midfielder N’Golo Kante (£144,000) follow ahead of record signing Havertz (£140,000) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£120,000).
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