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.
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.
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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