Chelsea cut Lukaku loan fee and see Arsenal target as replacement | Soccer

Chelsea cut Romelu Lukaku loan fee

The Belgian is close to a return to Inter Milan this summer (Image: Getty)

Chelsea are ready to cut their losses at Romelu Lukaku and accept a reduced loan fee, with the west Londoners reportedly already hiring a replacement for their record-breaking signing.

The Belgium striker returned to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan last summer in a £97.5million deal but has struggled to live up to his asking price, angered fans with a poorly-reviewed interview and looked like he would badly suited to Thomas Tuchel’s style of play.

Lukaku is keen to return to San Siro but Inter don’t have the funds to buy him back while Chelsea have wanted a loan fee of around £21m.

Chelsea cut Romelu Lukaku loan fee, target Arsenal as replacement

Chelsea are set to loan Lukaku to Inter for a fee of £10m (Image: Getty)

But now claim the Blues have slashed their asking price, which is now set at just £10m – although it’s still significantly more than the £6m Inter have previously offered.

Still, Chelsea’s decision to lower the loan fee is an indication of how keen they are to sack Lukaku – albeit temporarily – and they are already looking for strikers who are a better match for Tuchel’s football.

The club don’t necessarily want to sign a number 9 like Lukaku this time, but a flexible, energetic center forward.

There are three main names in the frame, with Chelsea seriously considering a nosedive for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus – who is Arsenal’s top transfer target this summer.

The Brazilian ticks all the boxes Chelsea are looking for, capable of playing at the front line and possessing tremendous work rate, while City are looking to cash in after Erling Haaland’s arrival.

Chelsea have Arsenal in their sights from Gabriel Jesus

Jesus has attracted interest from Arsenal, Spurs and now Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Jesus City team-mate Raheem Sterling is also rated by the Chelsea hierarchy, along with RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku – with both goals suggesting Tuchel will resort to the false nine that has been so successful.

Although Chelsea were previously interested in Robert Lewandowski – who has asked to leave Bayern Munich and is wanted by Barcelona – Chelsea are unlikely to go ahead this time.

Armando Broja, meanwhile, will be given a chance to impress in pre-season as a more traditional striker option, despite having a long list of suitors if Chelsea decide to cash in.

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