Barcelona’s search for a new number nine this summer has been well documented. The club are actively trying to sign a new striker who can add more productivity in the final third and form a deadly attacking combo with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang next season.
Robert Lewandowski has been targeted as the desired option for the Catalans, who rate the player highly due to his incredible goalscoring statistics in the Bundesliga and in the UEFA Champions League.
However, with Bayern Munich seemingly keen on keeping hold of their star striker, Barcelona are starting to consider other options in the market. And according to MARCA, they have now set their sights on Romelu Lukaku.
It appears Barça are aware of the Belgian’s uncertain future at Stamford Bridge, with the player unsettled at his current club due to various reasons, including a dysfunctional relationship with coach Thomas Tuchel.
Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to leave Chelsea. While his primary objective is to seal a return to his former club Inter Milan next season, the striker could be open to moving elsewhere.
That is where Barcelona come into the fray. The club rate Lukaku highly due to his excellent numbers in Serie A, the Belgian national team and even in the Premier League.
His goalscoring prowess and physical presence in the final third is something Barcelona are looking for in their new striker this summer.
The report suggests the Catalans have already made the first move in their attempt to sign Lukaku by holding talks with his agent Federico Pastorello, discussing the possibilities of the Belgian’s potential move to Catalonia next season.
The operation, though, could be incredibly difficult as Chelsea will look to recoup the majority of the €115 million they had spent on the plater last summer. It could ultimately make Lukaku much more expensive than top target Lewandowski, who is valued at around €60 million.
It is far too early to deduce what the future holds for the former Manchester United starlet this summer. A lot will depend on Chelsea’s new owners and whether or not they opt to cut the losses by offloading the striker in the summer.