Chelsea have reportedly made a €130m bid to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge, with personal terms offered.
The Belgian scored 30 goals and claimed 10 assists in 44 games for Inter Milan last season, as they secured their first Serie A title since 2010.
Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Erling Haaland, who is thought to be their top striker target, but Borussia Dortmund remain adamant their star man will remain with them for another season.
And according to Sportitalia transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla, Chelsea’s desperation to sign a new striker this summer has led them to consider a return for Lukaku.
The report claims they have €130m set aside for a striker and are ready to splash it all on Lukaku.
But the report claims that Inter – like Dortmund – are intent on keeping their forward at the club next season.
And ‘Transfer Insider’ Dean Jones claims the Blues have offered personal terms to the 28-year-old, who was aware of the wage on the table.
Jones said on the Terrace YouTube channel: “Chelsea have made an offer in terms of personal terms.
“He knows what they are willing to pay him, but it’s not really moved at this stage so we’ve just got to wait.”
But Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has reiterated that Lukaku is ‘untouchable’ this summer.
It looks very unlikely then that Lukaku will return to Stamford Bridge, where former Chelsea star Ashley Cole suggests he was not “respected”.
Cole said: “He joined as a kid, he joined as a 17-year-old.
“[He was] a raw talent, his game understanding was not great. Didier Drogba was his kind of father figure who used to help him in terms of developing his technique and understanding of movement.
“And then I think the two loans really gave him that self belief that he was good enough. Yes, he was still young but he still had a point to prove.
“I think no one kind of respected him at Chelsea, in terms of the fans. When he did play, was he going to be the top striker for Chelsea? He had Didier Drogba in front of him.
“For him to go on loan and prove to himself, he definitely came back with that self-belief, that courage, and now his performances have been second to none, he’s been quality.”