Barcelona have turned their attentions to Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku ahead of a possible transfer move this summer, according to a report.
The La Liga outfit have been linked with a host of strikers ahead of the upcoming transfer window, with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland, and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, most heavily talked about.
However, Marca are reporting that complications in any potential deal for the pair have forced Barca to look elsewhere, with Chelsea’s Lukaku said to be their new target.
The report outlines how the financial figures involved in any potential deal for Haaland have ruled them out of any talks, whilst Bayern’s insistence of Lewandowski’s continued stay at the Allianz Arena said to be blocking any transfer taking place for the 33-year-old.
Later in the report, it is suggested that the Barcelona hierarchy have already met with Lukaku’s representative to discuss a move to the Camp Nou in the summer, although finances at the Catalan outfit continue to be a stumbling block.
Having moved to Stamford Bridge for around £97.5m last summer, the Belgian has managed to find the back of the net on just five occasions in 23 Premier League appearances so far, resulting in speculation around Chelsea’s willingness to let him leave.
However, the Champions League holders will still demand a significant transfer fee for the striker, and with Barca’s delicate financial situation still remaining unclear, the report highlights how any potential deal would be a difficult one to complete