Six strikers who could replace Lukaku at Chelsea – including Lewandowski

Romelu Lukaku's future at Chelsea is hanging in the balance following controversial comments he made about the club during a recent interview for Italian TV.

The 28-year-old criticised Blues boss Thomas Tuchel for "playing a different system" than he was expecting, and hinted that he was unhappy with life at Stamford Bridge, despite only joining the club a few months ago for a record £97.5 million fee.

It's understood that Tuchel and Lukaku are meeting today to discuss the interview and to iron out the mountain of issues his comments have caused.

The Belgian was left out of the Blues' 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday and while Tuchel played down talk of him leaving, a number of potential replacements are already being linked with the club.

With that in mind, here are six strikers who Chelsea could bring in to replace Lukaku.

Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last summer before the Blues eventually opted for Lukaku.

Despite the fact he turns 34 in August, the magnificent Pole is showing no signs of slowing down and is on course for his best goalscoring season ever.

Bayern Munich have little reason to let their star man leave, but they'll need to start planning for life without him eventually, and if Chelsea made an offer they couldn't refuse, who's to say what would happen?

Out of the six strikers listed, who do you think Chelsea should buy if Romelu Lukaku leaves the club? Let us know in the comments section below…

Alexander Isak

Alexander Isak is hot property at the moment after impressing at Real Sociedad, as well as at Euro 2020 with Sweden.

The 22-year-old has bagged 20 goals in his last 43 La Liga appearances and is developing into one of Europe's most complete centre-forwards.

It's unlikely Chelsea would have to pay over the odds to land him either – providing competition for his signature doesn't intensify too much – but with only three-and-a-half seasons of first-team football under his belt, Isak would still be a bit of a gamble, regardless of his promise.

Mauro Icardi

Despite flourishing at Inter Milan, Mauro Icardi has struggled for consistency and first-team action since moving to Paris Saint Germain in 2019.

The controversial Argentine has had to play second fiddle to the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and Lionel Messi's arrival last summer has pushed him even further down the pecking order.

But after scoring over a century of goals across six seasons in Serie A, Icardi's pedigree is undeniable, and Chelsea could do a lot worse.

Dušan Vlahović

Dusan Vlahovic is the striker everyone's talking about and has been linked with almost every elite side in Europe following a stellar season-and-a-half with Fiorentina.

Last month, the giant Serb equalled Cristiano Ronaldo's Serie A record of 33 goals in a calendar year and with a unique blend of pace, power and technical ability, he's quickly becoming one of the most sought-after players on the planet.

Chelsea might have to break the bank to get him, but it might be worth it considering how high the 21-year-old's ceiling appears to be.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

He isn't exactly exotic, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin is nonetheless one of the most promising young strikers around at the moment.

The 24-year-old knows the Premier League well and was in the form of his life prior to picking up a toe injury in August which has kept him out for most of the season.

Everton don't let their best players go cheaply so Chelsea will have to be sure he's the man for them.

Tammy Abraham

Just to compound Chelsea's misery, let's explore the idea that they could replace Lukaku with the very man Lukaku replaced in the squad.

After all, it wouldn't be the craziest of ideas. The Blues insisted on a £68 million buy-back clause when they sold him to Roma for a reason, though it can't be triggered until August 2023.

The 24-year-old has made a bright start to life in Italy, but would surely be tempted back if Chelsea assured him of first-team action.

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