Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku pursuit could scupper Arsenal’s plans for £70m transfer – Football.London

Inter Milan’s strikeforce of Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku bagged a whopping 58 goals and assists in Serie A last season to fire the Nerazzurri to their first league title in ten years.

The prolific duo have since become two of Europe’s hottest commodities in the transfer market, with both linked to a host of clubs, including Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

However, it is the Blues that seem to be more focusing on obtaining a strike this summer as the Gunners appear to be focusing their attention on other positions, as chief executive Edu looks to be more focused on adding a goalkeeper and an attacking midfielder at this moment in time.

Sky Italia reported on Monday evening that Chelsea had seen a bid of £85million plus unwanted wing-back Marcus Alonso rejected by the Italian giants.

Still, the reigning champions of Europe could return with another offer as head coach Thomas Tuchel is desperate to add a world-class striker to his ranks in this transfer window, with the German also keen on Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.

If the Blues were able to tempt Inter into selling Lukaku it would surely mean Arsenal’s alleged pursuit of Martinez would be dead and buried given Simone Inzaghi’s side are unlikely to sell their two most prized assets in the same transfer window.

This could then result in the north London club turning their attention to another forward target in the form of Tammy Abraham, who The Athletic have claimed is greatly admired by those in charge at the Emirates Stadium.

Therefore, Arsenal could effectively help fund a part of the deal for Chelsea to bring Lukaku to the Emirates Stadium given some reports have claimed that they value the English frontman at around £40million.

With that being said, it appears that Inter are more likely to part ways with Martinez, as the aforementioned Sky report claims that the Nerazzuri view Lukaku as ‘untouchable’ this summer given he still has four years remaining on his current deal at the San Siro.

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