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Report: Barcelona make contact to sign £98m Spurs target who said he would die for Conte

According to Marca, Barcelona have made contact to sign misfiring Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who is also said to be a target for Tottenham.

What’s the story?

Well, it seems Tottenham now face serious competition for the £97.5m man, as Barcelona turn their attention away from Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski.

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The Bundesliga marksmen were Xavi’s main targets, although the Borussia Dortmund wonderkid looks set to join Manchester City, with a £500,000-a-week deal lined up by the Citizens.

In Lewandowski’s case, Bayern Munich don’t want to sell the Poland international, and would prefer to keep him despite the fact his contract expires in June 2023.

Marca believe Barcelona have already sent Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff to meet with Federico Pastorello, who represents Lukaku, to explore the possibility of a deal with Chelsea.

It comes after Eurosport claimed that Tottenham are keen to sign the Belgium international this summer, and reunite him with Antonio Conte after the pair thrived together at Inter Milan.

Now, Barcelona have no option but to wait for the outcome of Chelsea’s ownership problem, as the hunt for a buyer continues to drag on after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK Government.

So far this season, Lukaku has been a huge disappointment following his club-record move back to Stamford Bridge, scoring just five Premier League goals in 23 appearances.

Tottenham must beat Barcelona to Romelu Lukaku

The 28-year-old has been poor for Chelsea this season, but there’s no denying that he can be one of the best forwards in Europe when used in the right system.

Under Conte at Inter Milan, the Antwerpen-born striker remarkably scored 64 goals in 95 appearances – a freakish record, to say the least.

Lukaku has even admitted that he would die for the Italian, so surely a move to Spurs would be a good decision for the sake of his career, which has stagnated after his struggles this season.

Aside from Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, nobody else seems to score many goals for Tottenham, so a bit of added firepower in attack certainly wouldn’t go amiss.

Keep an eye on this situation, as Barcelona could now disrupt things.

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