How Chelsea could line-up with Lukaku

Chelsea hope big offer will convince Inter to sell Lukaku

This is how Chelsea may line-up for next season’s matches, if Romelu Lukaku eventually sign for Chelsea from Inter Milan.

Romelu Lukaku is the latest big-name centre forward linked with a summer move to Chelsea.

The Blues have seen Olivier Giroud depart this summer to Milan, and with manager Thomas Tuchel unwilling to put his faith in Tammy Abraham, they are on the hunt for a new No.9.

Erling Haaland appears out of reach this summer, with Borussia Dortmund’s asking price too high, but they are hopeful of being able to attract Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge, seven years after he left for Everton in 2014, having been peripheral to their plans at that time.
Lukaku, though, has become one of the game’s premier No.9s since a move from Manchester United to Inter, where he fired the San Siro club to Serie A glory.
Chelsea hope that they might be able to lure him back, although Inter have been definitive on their stance.

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Lukaku is not for sale. Lukaku is an important piece on the chessboard available to Simone Inzaghi
– Beppe Marotta
Inter CEO Beppe Marotta said: “Lukaku is not for sale. Lukaku is an important piece on the chessboard available to Simone Inzaghi.”

But if Chelsea were able to capture him, what would their team look like?

Chelsea XI with Lukaku

Edouard Mendy was signed to provide competition to the underperforming Kepa Arrizabalaga last summer and has taken the Spaniard’s place.

The 29-year-old has arguably exceeded expectations since his summer move from Rennes a year ago.

Cesar Azpiliceta, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger are presently the men in command of the central defensive slots, although Jules Kounde may arrive from Sevilla to displace the Spaniard.

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With Achraf Hakimi joining PSG instead of Chelsea, Reece James will likely be the first choice at right wing-back.

Ben Chilwell will likely be the preferred option ahead of Marcos Alonso on the opposite side.

In the middle, Jorginho will partner N’Golo Kante, with Mateo Kovacic available in reserve.

It is in the final third where Chelsea are blessed with numerous options, which would only improve with the acquisition of Lukaku.

Chelsea’s surprise line-up for next season;

Chelsea-formation-tactics

Should he be signed, there would be a plethora of players vying for the two spots behind the striker.

Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner will all need to fight it out.

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