By Frank McAvennie

26th Jun, 2022 | 1:52pm

Chelsea backed to copy Man City after Romelu Lukaku deal agreed - pundit

Frank McAvennie has claimed Chelsea won’t sign a striker even if Romelu Lukaku leaves the club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker said the Blues have the money to make signings following the club’s takeover.

According to Sky in Italy (22 June) an agreement has been reached between Inter Milan and Thomas Tuchel’s side for a loan move for the Belgian forward.

Lukaku struggled on his return to the Premier League last season.

He has four years remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

When asked if he thought Chelsea would need to sign a replacement striker, McAvennie told Football Insider: “I think they’re not that interested in strikers.

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“They’re going the same way as Man City in that respect – there’s not many teams that can do that.

There’s going to be money there and I think it’s easier to do business now that someone has taken over the club.

“It’s a huge club, Tuchel’s a very good manager, and London is a big pull for people. Going to clubs like Tottenham, West Ham, Chelsea, Arsenal – being in London is a big factor.

“Chelsea can attract big players I don’t think that will be a problem.

“They’ve got owners with money to burn so I think you’ll see players coming in – and good players. I think they’ll be bringing in players who can go straight into the team and I think that’s what they need.

“If Tuchel talks to the players and tells them what he wants from them I think that will be enough to convince them because he’s such a good manager. He’s the kind of manager players want to play for.

In other news, Man City could be forced to sell Raheem Sterling to Chelsea after BBC update.