Despite spending more than £40m on a striker this time last year in the form of Timo Werner, Chelsea are thought to be in the market for another forward.
Werner has struggled during his debut campaign in West London, often criticised for his lack of composure in front of goal and ability to spurn some glorious chances.
Though the Blues are unlikely to cut their losses and axe Werner just one year in, the German could find his playing time drastically reduced, should Chelsea lure Romelu Lukaku back to the Bridge, despite selling him for just £28m in 2014.
However, the former Chelsea star’s potential return will not come cheap, given reports in Italy indicate the Blues will have to part ways with around £102m if they are to stand any chance of Lukaku’s signature, enticing him away from Serie A champions Inter Milan.
The Champions League holders have made little secret of their pursuit of another striker, though Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland was thought to be their main target.
However, it appears even Chelsea have been priced out of a move for the Norwegian star, as Dortmund are demanding a fee of around £160m for their most prized asset.
As a result, attention has shifted to Lukaku, who knows all about the requirements and responsibilities of being a Chelsea striker.
Lukaku is viewed as a more realistic option as Inter are in a particularly precarious financial position, where they have already had to sell one star in Achraf Hakimi in an attempt to balance the books.
However, Tuttosport report that the days of selling their top talent are already over for Inter, who will expect a treble digit offer if the Blues are serious about their pursuit of Lukaku.
The Italian publication reports that Chelsea would need to submit an offer of at least €120m (£102.5m) in a bid to lure Inter to the negotiation table.
The Belgian striker only joined Inter two years ago, but has already established himself as one of the best forwards on the continent with 64 goals in 95 appearances as he helped guide the Italian giants to their first league crown in ten years.
Lukaku has been particularly vocal about his desire to remain a Inter Milan player, as he explained to VTM before the start of Euro 2020.
“Yes, I am staying, I’ve already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager [Simone Inzaghi]. Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet… but it was a very positive conversation.”