Chelsea in talks with the agent of Serie A No.9 forward

Chelsea are reportedly in ‘hot’ discussions with Inter Milan over the possible signing of Romelu Lukaku.

Thomas Tuchel wants a new number nine after allowing Olivier Giroud to depart and while Erling Haaland is the club’s preferred target, the Blues appear to be making contingencies behind the scenes.

The west Londoners have been quiet in the transfer market so far. Unlike in the latest years, when Chelsea have spent with enthusiasm, they are yet to recruit a marquee name.

The London giants know they need a new centre-forward to replace Giroud, who was allowed to sign for AC Milan for £2 million last week. As things stand, Erling is their top target.

However, with the Borussia Dortmund ace valued at £150 million and with the Bundesliga outfit in no mood to sell, they are looking at alternatives and The Sun say they are in ‘hot’ talks with the Nerazzurri over a potential deal for Lukaku.

The Belgium attacker previously insisted he was happy to remain at the San Siro, in spite of the agonising departure of Antonio Conte as boss.

Express Sport was told earlier in the season that Lukaku was happy with life in Milan and had no plans to return to the Premier League.

But, despite that, it seems the Blues are doing everything they can to ensure the marksman returns to Stamford Bridge.