Chelsea can avoid costly Romelu Lukaku repeat by considering four cut-price replacements | Soccer | sport

Romelu Lukaku has been branded a “flop” by pundits and fans alike since his £97.5million move from Inter Milan to Chelsea in the summer. Having scored just two Premier League goals in his last 18 appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s men, the Belgian has been tipped to move away from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season in a bid to revitalize his career. And with plenty of options Chelsea could choose from, they could opt for cheaper forwards to avoid making the same mistake with the talisman. Express Sport are looking at four options the Blues could bid on to save money.

Alexandre Lacazette

It would be a story that would divide London, wouldn’t it?

The Frenchman has really failed to produce the goods this season, scoring just four goals in 26 Premier League games for Arsenal.

He would be a rather uninspiring signing considering he is expected to be 31 when his contract ends.

But given he’s on a free transfer and already living in London, alongside a likely Champions League appearance next season, Lacazette would likely be more than willing to make the switch across town.

Eddie Nketiah

Could the Blues take double the damage from the Gunners?

It would be back to where it all began for Nketiah, having plied his trade at Chelsea from the age of nine until he was 15.

He would be just 23 when his current contract ends, and with a pedigree of 20 goals in 86 games for the Gunners he has the potential to grow.

And having scored twice at Stamford Bridge in midweek, Chelsea fans know just how good he can be on his day.

Richarlison

If Everton go down, expect a mass exodus at Goodison Park.

Quality Premier League players such as Allan, Jordan Pickford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin would likely leave the club if the Toffees were relegated for the first time in 68 years.

But Richarlison would likely be the pick of the group, having been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the past.

If the possibility arises of them losing their Premier League status, Chelsea could potentially land the Brazilian star for around £40m – and at just 25 at the start of the season, there’s plenty of longevity to work with with .

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