Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has labeled Romelu Lukaku a “fantastic player” but declined to be drawn on a potential signing by the Inter Milan forward.
The European champions were strongly linked to the Belgian international, who was in the books of Chelsea from 2011 to 2014.
Inter Milan reportedly turned down Chelsea’s second offer worth £ 85 million (€ 100 million) alongside Marcos Alonso for Lukaku, with the Blues set to submit another offer believed to be worth £ 102 million. € 120 million).
Tuchel would not have been involved in the situation after Chelsea’s 2-2 friendly draw with Tottenham.
“I’m not going to talk about players who don’t play on my team,” Tuchel told reporters. “He is a fantastic player but he is an Inter player and I will not talk about him in this situation.”
Chelsea have yet to make major signings this off-season but it has also been linked to a high-value move for Erling Haaland.
Tuchel added: “You can imagine a lot of players wanting to join them, but we won’t talk about it.
“The board doesn’t offer players, that’s not how it works. We talk about players with the management, we have our opinions and in the end we turn to players who we think could make our team strong, which is a good challenge.
“There are some players that we think can be a good target and an improvement in our squad. I won’t comment on the names because I don’t like it when other coaches talk about my players. So I hope you understand that. “
Lukaku scored 24 goals in 36 Serie A games when Inter won the Scudetto in 2020-21.
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