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Romelu Lukaku’s high-profile return to Chelsea certainly hasn’t gone to plan. The striker has just five league goals to his name this season.
The rumours are already flying around regarding his future at the club. And given how brief the careers of players at Stamford Bridge can be, it would be no real surprise if Lukaku left this summer.
Timo Werner has certainly stepped up in recent weeks. But manager Thomas Tuchel will want someone who can regularly find the back of the net when called upon. Werner hasn’t exactly answered those calls thus far.
Lukaku’s potential departure would certainly leave a gap going forward. Here are five players who Chelsea could target to fill that gap:
A few years ago, the idea of Robert Lewandowski leaving Bayern Munich was unheard of. But whispers within the football world suggest that he could be on his way out of Germany very soon.
His current contract expires next summer. At 33, he is still at the top of his game. The Poland international has 47 goals in all competitions this season. Is it time he tried his luck in the Premier League?
There is, of course, another Bundesliga star who Chelsea could try and target. At the other end of his career than Lewandowski, Erling Haaland could soon be on his way out of Borussia Dortmund.
But Chelsea will have to battle it out with several top European clubs for his signature. Manchester City and Real Madrid are both reportedly interested. The 21-year-old has 25 goals in all competitions this season.
And there is yet another Bundesliga player who could make his way to the Premier League very soon. RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku is another who several clubs – including Manchester United – are watching.
He has played in many different positions lately, including centre-forward, attacking midfield and out wide. He boasts 30 goals from 44 matches this season. The France international also has 19 assists.
Despite his strong links to Manchester City, Harry Kane could be tempted with a switch to Chelsea. It’s becoming clear that the striker is desperate to test himself at the very highest level. The Blues could certainly provide him with regular Champions League football.
City are seemingly leading the race for his signature, but their links with Haaland could mean that Kane remains free to pursue this summer. It does, however, depend on Tottenham’s final position in the league table.
There is, of course, a current Chelsea player who looks like the perfect fit for the role. Tuchel has often opted for Kai Havertz more often than not this season. He’s played in a handful of roles, one of which is centre forward.
And Havertz hasn’t disappointed. Ten of his 13 goals this season have come from centre-forward. It would certainly be the cheapest option, but would leave the Blues without a real out-and-out striker.