Chelsea will reportedly try to re-sign Romelu Lukaku if they fail in their pursuit of Erling Haaland this summer.
The Belgium striker has become one of football’s deadliest strikers since leaving Chelsea in 2014.
Lukaku, who joined the Blues as an 18-year-old, had prolific spells for West Brom, Everton and Manchester United, before signing for Inter Milan in a £74million deal in 2019.
The 27-year-old has scored 42 goals in 62 Serie A appearances for Inter, who are currently leading second-placed AC Milan by six points.
The Telegraph claim Chelsea will prioritise the signing of a striker this summer with Timo Werner, a £45million purchase from RB Leipzig last year, struggling to adjust to English football.
Werner has found the net just twice in his last 27 appearances in all competitions, while the futures of Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham remain uncertain.
Borussia Dortmund goal sensation Haaland is believed to be Chelsea’s first-choice target, however, his £150m valuation could scupper a potential deal.
The 20-year-old has scored a sensational 34 goals in just 36 Bundesliga matches since arriving in Germany last year.
The report adds Lukaku has been shortlisted as a cheaper alternative to Haaland by Chelsea chiefs.
Lukaku played just 15 times for Chelsea after arriving for £18m from Anderlecht in 2011.
His last contribution in a Blues shirt saw him miss the decisive penalty in a shootout defeat to Bayern Munich in the 2013 Super Cup.
Lukaku has flourished since leaving Chelsea, though, and has an outstanding Premier League record with 113 goals in 252 appearances.