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What Thomas Tuchel said about Romelu Lukaku amidst transfer speculations to Chelsea

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Chelsea are being linked with the signature of Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku and the speculation is gearing up as he could be considering a return to the Premier League again.

The Blues have had two bids rejected this summer by Inter for their former striker but are believed to be ready to table a third offer that exceeds £100million. This might be difficult for the Serie A giants to reject.

Manager Thomas Tuchel was made to speak on the speculations about Chelsea’s interest in the Belgium striker and he labelled him as “fantastic”, adding that he can imagine “a lot of players want to come and join” the Stamford Bridge club.

“I won’t talk about players who are not in my squad. Romelu Lukaku is a fantastic player but a player from inter and with all due respect I will not talk about him,” the German coach said after his side drew 2-2 with London rivals Spurs at Stamford Bridge.

When pressed on Lukaku, the Chelsea manager continued: “I will not talk about him in this situation. Not everybody [wants to] but I can imagine a lot of players want to come and join but we don’t comment on that.”

Quizzed as to whether the Londoners are lacking a world-class frontman up top after also showing interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Tuchel acknowledged that a “direct” striker is needed as he seeks to build on last term’s Champions League success.

“With the exit of Olivier Giroud, we could use a player who plays with their back to goal whose strength is to keep possession from long balls so we can add this direct style of play to our portfolio,” he admitted.

“This is the characteristic of player that is not Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner or Kai Havertz, so this is a profile we don’t have in the squad.

“It could be useful but not for any cost and not hectic or in panic as no matter what happens we will be competitive and have trust in our guys and that we can still develop.

“We have young players in the offensive part of the game that we demand improve.

“We are relaxed and aware of our situation at the same time. The board isn’t offering players, that’s not how it works.

“We talk to the board about players, have our own opinions, and in the end we target players who in our opinion could make our squad strong, which is quite a challenge.

“There are some players of which we think they can be a good target and improvement in our squad.

“I will not comment on names as I don’t like it when other coaches speak about my players. So hopefully you understand that.”

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Chelsea player that is “a killer” revealed

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Former prolific midfielder, Joe Cole, has revealed that in Romelu Lukaku, The blues now have a “killer” in their squad who will score more goal.

Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal as Chelsea began their Champions League campaign with a slim 1-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.

That was Romelu Lukaku fourth goal in four matches since returning to Stamford Bridge in a £98million deal from Inter Milan this summer.

Joe Cole has accepted the fact that Romelu Lukaku was not at his best against Zenit, but said his powerful nature makes him the perfect man to lead the team under Thomas Tuchel.

“I’m going to throw this out there, I think he’ll be top scorer in the Champions League this season.

“Lukaku didn’t even have one of his better games, he was a little bit scruffy but he’s a finisher now, a killer. Once that ball was delivered there was only going to be one winner, he’s a great finisher,” Cole said on BT Sport.

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Legend ignores Man Utd, names six teams that can win champions league

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Experienced legend, Danny Murphy has listed the six clubs he thinks can win the Champions League this season.

His list include title holders Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. However, Manchester United was not mentioned.

Danny Murphy predicts English clubs could be a dominant force in Europe this campaign, with Chelsea hoping to defend the title they won after beating Manchester City in last season’s champions league final.

For Liverpool, they reached successive Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019 and would be eager to challenge for another this seasonn.

Danny Murphy insists Manchester City are one of the favorites as with Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, PSG and Atletico Madrid.

Asked which teams he expects to challenge for the Champions League title, Murphy told MailSport:

“I personally think the winners will come from one of six – Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG.

“Atletico are an outsider because Diego Simeone has matchwinners in Luis Suarez and Griezmann in addition to the remarkable team spirit he’s fostered.”

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Tammy Abraham ‘fits the bill’ as an Arsenal signing, says Winterburn

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With Arsenal interested in the signature of Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, they have been told by their hero, Nigel Winterburn that the England international fits the profile of a potential signing for the club.

Tammy Abraham looks set to leave Chelsea this summer as the Blues continue their pursuit of Erling Haaland. He is also out of favour at the club with lack of playing time. He earned 22 Premier League appearances last term, scoring six goals which is not enough for him.

Reacting to the news, Winterburn said (via Goal): “He certainly would fit the bill of recent Arsenal signings, young with a point to prove.

“People will question his consistency but what you want is for these young players to get a run in the team.

“Is he going to get a run in a team if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is playing well? Probably not unless Aubameyang can be switched to the left-hand side – although you then need to leave out either Nicolas Pepe or Bukayo Saka.

“With Abraham, there’s potential there and development for a young, young player. So, I think it’s an option [for] Arsenal, although with Alexandre Lacazette being linked with a move away, it could be just a name that has been thrown into a hat.”

He will replace French striker, Alexandre Lacazette who is also opened to leaving the Emirates Stadium for £15 million after scoring 17 goals in all competitions last season.

When asked about Lacazette, Winterburn continued: “Arsenal shouldn’t sell Lacazette unless they’ve got an upgrade in place. I wouldn’t let him go until we have secured another striker. I’ve said that all along.

“Lacazette is a different striker to anything Arsenal have at the club. When he’s in top form, he holds the ball up well, his link-up play is good.

“I suppose his strike rate is not the very, very best of what you want, but then we are not at the very, very top of the league either at the moment as well.

“So personally, at the moment, I don’t want to see him go, unless we’ve got someone coming in that’s going to excite me.

“I wouldn’t let him go and then we haven’t got anybody else to bring in. For me, that’s just way too risky.”

He’s been linked with a surprise move across London. Reports have suggested Arsenal are monitoring his situation and could make an offer if Chelsea decide to leave him leave.

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