Chelsea will need to pay more than €100m to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan this summer, Sky Sports News reports.
The Blues are actively searching for a new striker, but they have been unsuccessful in their pursuit so far.
Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland was initially the prime target, but a deal appears unlikely now.
They have now set their focus on Lukaku despite failing with a couple of club-record bids.
The European champions remain keen on landing him, but may have to pay big to convince Inter.
The Nerazzurri need to reduce their wage bill while they are also in a tight financial situation.
Still, Lukaku is considered an integral part of the team, and only a bid of over €100m could test their resolve.
The Blues are likely to make a third bid this week, and it remains to be seen whether they can seal the deal.
Lukaku does not appear to be considering a new challenge away from the Nerazzurri.
He is clearly happy at the club, but could reconsider his stance if the club reach a transfer agreement.
Lukaku bagged 30 goals and 10 assists across all competitions for Inter last term.
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