Chelsea 'learn asking price' for Romelu Lukaku replacement as Tuchel changes mind on transfer

By Will Freeman

Here is your Chelsea transfer rumour round-up on Sunday, January 9.

Lukaku 'heir' Osimhen will cost £66m

Since Romelu Lukaku's explosive interview with Sky Italia, there has been plenty of talk with regards to the Belgian's future in West London.

He has since come out to commit himself to Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel, apologising for the interview but as expected there are rumours of clubs swooping for the 28-year-old.

El Nacional have reported that French champions Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a €90m (£75m) bid for the Belgian striker with a move back to Inter looking unlikely.

In this event, Chelsea would be looking to replace Lukaku in their front-line and Napoli's 23-year-old striker Victor Osimhen is rumoured to be a potential target and could be priced at €80m (£66m), as per El Nacional.

Osimhen is under contract in Naples until 2025, hence the hefty price tag, but any move could appeal to the Nigerian international Napoli paid Lille €70m (£58.5m) for in 2020.

Chelsea and Napoli legend Gianfranco Zola has revealed himself to be a fan of Osimhen speaking with Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian said: “When he [Osimhen] arrived in Italy two years ago, I didn’t know him well and I researched him.

“I discovered a player very good in his movement. With his athletic strength, he can be devastating. He is Lukaku ’s heir. He is young and has enormous room for improvement.”

Tuchel changes mind on Digne

With the news that Ben Chilwell could be out until next season, signing a new left-back will be the priority for Tuchel and with the news that Lucas Digne is looking to leave Everton it was thought it could be a perfect move for both parties.

However, it seems as though a deal to recall Emerson Palmeiri from Lyon could be preferable to Tuchel with Chilwell's return from injury in the summer meaning that a new permanent signing could need to leave once England left-back returns.

Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Chelsea are still trying to negotiate a compensation package with the French side which would enable Palmeiri to return to Stamford Bridge.

Emerson, who won Euro 2020 with Italy in the summer, has consistently struggled for game time at Chelsea since his arrival but it could be the most sensible short-term solution to their left-back dilemma.


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