Chelsea boldly opted for Romelu Lukaku transfer over Robert Lewandowski deal

Chelsea turned down the chance to sign Robert Lewandowski before completing a £97.5million deal for Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.

Lukaku has sealed a return to Stamford Bridge seven years after departing to join Everton, calling time on his successful spell at Inter Milan to become the Blues' club-record signing.

Thomas Tuchel was keen to add a new centre-forward to his ranks this summer amid concerns over Timo Werner's form in front of goal and talk of a potential exit for Tammy Abraham.

Reports claimed Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland was initially the club's top target, only for his rumoured £150million price tag to prove too steep.

The European champions were also linked with a move for Lewandowski, who scored a staggering 48 goals in 40 appearances for Bayern Munich last season.

Earlier this summer rumours suggested the Poland international was on the hunt for a new challenge after winning every major honour possible in seven years at Bayern.

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According to BILD journalist Christian Falk, via Goal, Lewandowski's agent Pini Zahavi offered Chelsea the chance to sign his client for around £68million.

However, the Blues did not want to pay that much for a 32-year-old in the twilight of his career and instead regarded a £97.5million deal for Lukaku, 28, as a more suitable long-term investment.

Lukaku first joined Chelsea from Anderlecht back in 2011, making just 15 appearances and spending the majority of his time out on loan before securing a permanent switch to Everton in 2014.

After bagging 87 goals in 166 games for the Toffees, he landed a £75million switch to Manchester United and netted 42 goals in 96 appearances before being offloaded to Inter in 2019.

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His time in Italy proved a major success, with a return of 64 goals in 95 games helping Inter reach the 2020 Europa League final and win their first Scudetto since 2010 last season.

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