Lukaku, Haaland and Lewandowski top Chelsea target list with exits planned
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Chelsea have set their sights on two of the best strikers in world football as they prepare to wave goodbye to Olivier Giroud and listen to offers for Tammy Abraham.
Thomas Tuchel has stuck by Timo Werner since replacing Frank Lampard back in January, with Giroud struggling for minutes and Abraham on occasion being left out entirely.
World Cup winning France striker Giroud is out of contract and looking for a new challenge as he approaches his 35th birthday.
Abraham on the other hand looks likely to stay in the Premier League, but his price tag will rule out those who aren’t willing to part with big money during a pandemic.
The Telegraph report that while Chelsea are willing to listen to offers in the region of £40m for the England striker, they expect Giroud to leave on a free.
That boost to their transfer funds and freeing up of wages could put the club in a position to spend on a new forward, with two names leading their list of targets.
As well as a potential return to west London for Romelu Lukaku, Erling Haaland could also be subject of a mammoth bid with Borussia Dortmund at risk of missing out on Champions League qualification.
In addition, the club is said to hold an interest in Robert Lewandowski, but he is under contract until the summer of 2023 having scored 36 goals in 26 Bundesliga appearances this season.
While Lukaku looks set to lead Inter Milan to Serie A glory for the first time since 2010, Haaland spoke about his fondness for a certain Chelsea hero last year.
Haaland was asked by ESPN: “If you could play with any player that’s retired, who would it be?”
He replied: “Frank Lampard.”
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With Lukaku saying of his reasoning for leaving Chelsea for Everton: "Choices have been made by me. By me. Not by them. Everyone says it is Jose Mourinho's fault, but it is not his fault because I made the decision.
“I went to his office to ask if I could go.
"He was the first one to say, 'Good luck.' When I signed the deal (at Everton) at 11 o'clock, I got a text message on my old BlackBerry.”
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