Tuchel coy when quizzed on Chelsea's Lukaku links
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Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for a club-record fee. And Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has already spoken about why a player of Lukaku’s stature can improve his side.
The 28-year-old looks set to complete a big money return to Chelsea this summer – possibly even today.
The European champions have been interested in signing a new striker during the entire transfer window as they look to challenge for the Premier League title this season.
And they are reportedly now close to completing a deal worth around £97.5million for Lukaku.
They had been linked with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland but they have changed their attention towards the Belgium international instead with Dortmund refusing to sell.
Lukaku made 15 appearances for Chelsea in his previous spell at the club between 2011 and 2014 but never managed to secure a spot in their starting eleven.
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He had several loan spells in the Premier League at clubs such as West Brom and Everton before being sold to the Toffees by former Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
Tuchel spoke of the need for a striker who can excel with his back to goal after Chelsea drew 2-2 against Tottenham in a pre-season friendly last week.
When asked about a move for Lukaku, he said: “I will not talk about players who don’t play in my squad.
“He is a fantastic player but a player from Inter and with all due respect I will not talk about him.
“I think with the exit from Olivier Giroud from the type of players we could use, a player used to playing with their backs to goal, whose strength is to keep possession from long balls.
“So we can add this direct style of play to our portfolio and this is the characteristic of player that is not Tammy [Abraham], Timo [Werner] or Kai [Havertz].
“So this is a profile we don’t have in the squad and could be useful, but not for any cost and not hectic or in panic as no matter what happens we will be competitive and have trust in our guys.”
Chelsea will be looking to build on last season’s fourth-placed finish.
The Blues will be expected to compete for the Premier League title next season off the back of winning the Champions League.
Their victory in Porto at the end of the last campaign mean’s that their first competitive action of the new season comes in Europe.
Having won the Champions League, the Blues will take on Europa League winners Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup on August 11.
After that, they begin their Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace on August 14.
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