Chelsea have made a renewed approach to sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
The European champions offered around £88million plus Marcos Alonso but the proposal was rejected by Inter who insist Lukaku needs to stay.
Chelsea have turned back to the Belgian international as Borussia Dortmund are refusing to sell their prime target Erling Haaland.
Lukaku scored 24 goals last season to help guide Inter to the league title. He was sold by Chelsea to Everton in 2014 then turned down the chance to rejoin the Blues three years later when he opted for Manchester United.
The 28-year old is admired by Thomas Tuchel who wants a target man to lead his attack.
Since the Belgian arrived at the San Siro for £73m in 2019, he has scored an incredible 64 goals in 95 appearances across all competitions.
Inter entered the summer needed to sell players due to their precarious financial situation, as a result of the club being badly impacted by the pandemic.
The sale of Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain for £51.3m has relieved some of that pressure and put the Serie A club in a better position in their bid to keep hold of the 28-year-old.
Lukaku is very happy and settled at Inter and ready to help the club in their aim of retaining the title.