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Club send clear message to Chelsea over striker transfer as Fabrizio Romano delivers update on star

Inter have told Chelsea that Romelu Lukaku will not be sold this summer.

The Champions League holders are in the market for a new leading striker before the end of the window and have made Erling Haaland their top target.

However, Borussia Dortmund are adamant that the Norway international will stay with them for at least another season.

Chelsea are considering a move for Lukaku as an alternative to Haaland, with a deal for the Belgium international believed to be more achievable.

But Inter’s CEO Beppe Marotta has warned Chelsea against making an offer for their former striker.

When asked if Inter can rule out Lukaku’s departure, Marotta told Sport Mediaset: ‘From our side, we can yes absolutely, Lukaku is not for sale.

‘Lukaku is an important piece on the chessboard available to Simone Inzaghi.’

Earlier this summer, Inter needed to sell at least one key player in order to balance their finances and Achraf Hakimi was offloaded to Paris Saint-Germain in a €71m (£60.7m) deal.

Last week, reports claimed that Inter would still entertain an offer from Chelsea for Lukaku, but the bid would have to be at least €120m (£102.5m).

Lukaku, meanwhile, has returned to pre-season training with Inter and has already declared that he will stay with the Serie A champions.

‘Yes, I am staying,’ the striker told VTM before the start of Euro 2020.

‘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.’

Fabrizio Romano delivers update on Tammy Abraham future.

Arsenal have not yet made a bid for Chelsea FC striker Tammy Abraham, according to Italian reporter Fabrizio Romano.

The Gunners have been credited with an interest in signing the English striker this summer as they look to strengthen their squad before the new campaign.

The 23-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge has become a talking point due to the fact that he fell down the pecking order at the south west London club last term and struggled to hold down a regular starting spot.

It remains to be seen what the future holds for the striker after he was left out of the club’s squad for the FA Cup final against Leicester City back in May.

According to Romano, Arsenal have not yet made a bid for Abraham and Chelsea FC are unlikely to let him leave unless they bring in reinforcements in attack.

Speaking on the Don Robbie YouTube Channel, Romano said of Abraham’s future: “There are a lot of rumours.

“First of all, I think Chelsea will wait to have a new striker before selling Abraham.

“I’m told Arsenal’s interest is serious so they like the player and they appreciate the player. They’d like to invest in the player.

“But it’s not true that they’ve made a bid to loan the player with an obligation to buy for £40m.

“Arsenal’s position is they’ve made no bid at the moment. They just want information on the player about the price. They’re waiting to see what happens.”

Abraham was limited to just 12 starts in the Premier League for Chelsea FC last season as they finished fourth in the table.

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