Internazionale remain determined not to sell Romelu Lukaku after rejecting Chelsea’s bid of $118m (€100m, £85.4m), including Marcos Alonso, for the Belgium striker.
Chelsea have been in talks to re-sign their former striker but they have not made a bid that has reached Inter’s valuation of the Belgium international.
According to multiple media reports, Thomas Tuchel is keen to sign a striker and Lukaku is seen as a more realistic target than Erling Haaland, who is likely to remain at Borussia Dortmund for another season. Chelsea hope Inter’s financial difficulties will eventually force them into selling their top asset and they are weighing up whether to test the Serie A club’s resolve with an improved offer.
The 28-year-old played a key role in Inter’s Serie A win last season, scoring 24 goals.
Inter need to reduce their wage bill this summer and title-winning boss Antonio Conte left the club in May amid concerns about plans to cut his budget.
However, Lukaku is very happy and settled at Inter and ready to give his all next season.
He is back training with Inter now and is fully focused on the new season.
Chelsea are determined to sign a world-class striker and their other main target this summer has been Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Cheslea sold Lukaku to Everton for £28m in July 2014.
He was close to a return in July 2017 before he joined Manchester United for £75m.
Inter signed him from United for £73m two years ago.