Chelsea realise a move for Lukaku is going to be tough, so it is no surprise to know that other forward options remain open for next seas...
Chelsea realise a move for Lukaku is going to be tough, so it is no surprise to know that other forward options remain open for next season.
Sources close to Everton are convinced the club will only let Lukaku leave if a world-record transfer fee is agreed, and with two years remaining on his contract, the player will have a fight on his hands if he does want to leave Goodison Park.
With that in mind, Chelsea also have Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi on the radar.
He is a different type of front man to Lukaku, but with Diego Costa's future uncertain in London (reports say he mat consider the £650k weekly wages from China), a pursuit of Icardi is seen as important at this stage.
Icardi has scored 21 goals from 30 Serie A appearances this season but also has a contract that runs to 2021 and is enjoying life at the San Siro.
That means he could prove just as difficult to sign as Lukaku, but Chelsea will make every attempt to line up an elite striker early on in the transfer window so want to get an understanding of where they stand.
But a spending spree is being planned at Chelsea, and huge cash will become available to help Conte land top targets.
Interestingly, Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez is another man who has been discussed by club officials at Stamford Bridge.