Ex-Manchester United defender hints at the best replacement for Romelu Lukaku

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After just one season at Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku is close to sealing a return to Inter Milan on a season-long loan deal.

The question is: who should Chelsea sign as a replacement for the departing Belgian.

Over the past 19 years under Roman Abramovich, a number of top strikers flopped at Chelsea, with Lukaku being the latest, having cost the club £97.5m.

However, Chelsea must now find a new striker ahead of the new season.

Reports have it that Thomas Tuchel isn’t looking for an out-and-out striker, but rather a versatile forward who can play across the lines.

Chelsea have been linked with a number of forwards, but former Manchester United defender John O’Shea has advised Chelsea to rather go for Everton star Richarlison.

He told Paddy Power: “Strikers always command big fees and Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are no different.

“Richarlison didn’t have the best of seasons last year, but he did turn up in a couple of big, important games for Everton and in an ideal scenario, Frank Lampard would look to hang on to him.

“But if Everton do sell Richarlison, whether he goes to Arsenal will depend on whether they can get both Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus in.

“If Romelu Lukaku leaves, there will be a space at Chelsea for him. One big transfer will probably trigger three or four other big transfers too.

“This is when everything gets moving and the excitement builds up as the start of the season approaches.”