For a very long time, Chelsea did their best to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

The Bundesliga side, however, had built an impenetrable wall around the Norwegian for the current transfer window, which even Marina Granovskaia couldn’t break down.

So, instead, they decided to turn to Romelu Lukaku, a player they know very well from his previous time at Stamford Bridge, and a deal worth more than €100m is well on its way to being completed.

It all happened in the past week or so, but it appears Chelsea’s desire to sign the Belgium international dates back to before the Euros.

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That is, at least, what Italian pundit Giuseppe Bergomi said on Tuesday, speaking to the microphone of Corriere dello Sport and relayed by TuttoMercatoWeb.

He said: “I knew of this over €100m offer from Chelsea already before the Euros. They reached €115m? It becomes difficult to say no: I wouldn’t take it out on the boy. Now, however, let’s see if this team can be strengthened with the proceeds of the sales”.

With Edin Dzeko the expected arrival to take Lukaku’s place, it seems that Inter aren’t overly keen to splash the cash they will be receiving for the time being.

The likes of Denzel Dumfries could also be bought, but seeing them spend €60m+ on the likes of Dusan Vlahovic would go a long to appease a clearly annoyed fanbase.