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Media Watch: Blues linked with Lukaku, Cahill leaves Crystal Palace and Arteta labels Chelsea as the best team in Europe

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, the Blues are reportedly interested in Romelu Lukaku and Gary Cahill leaves Crystal Palace after two seasons.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Blues target Lukaku

According to The Athletic, Chelsea remain interested in re-signing Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku this summer.

The Blues are reportedly keen on bringing in a striker this transfer window and the Belgian is apparently a player on the shortlist.

Lukaku was impressive for Inter their league-winning campaign last season, scoring 30 goals in 44 games under former Blues coach Antonio Conte.

The Belgian signed for the Blues in 2011 as an 18-year-old but struggled to get minutes as a regular minutes at Stamford Bridge and went on loan to West Bromwich Albion and Everton, signing for the Toffees permanently in 2014.

‘The Athletic understands Chelsea have made two bids for the 28-year-old so far, which is a strong signal of intent,’ the report states. ‘It will be up to Chelsea to persuade Inter Milan to sell their prized asset.’

The Italian side reportedly must sell some of their stars to raise funds following the pandemic which could put Chelsea in a good position.

Lukaku still has three years left on his deal and has admitted publicly to being happy in Milan.

Cahill leaves Crystal Palace

Former Blues captain Gary Cahill has confirmed that he has left Crystal Palace after two seasons at the club.

Announcing the news on Twitter, the 35-year-old thanked the fans and said it was an honour playing at Selhurst Park.

‘After much thought and deliberation, I can confirm that I have left Crystal Palace after an enjoyable two years,’ he said.

‘I have enjoyed my time at the club and I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone involved at the club, especially the fans and staff who welcomed me into their South London family.’

Cahill was limited to just 20 Premier League appearances for Roy Hodgson’s side after struggling with injuries. The centre-back spent seven years at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, one Champions League and two FA Cups.

‘Playing in front of the Holmesdale Road stand is a memory that I will cherish in particular,’ he added. ‘I would like to wish the club all the best for the future and wish them every success for the coming season.’

Arteta praises Chelsea

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was left impressed by Thomas Tuchel’s men in our 2-1 pre-season friendly win at the Emirates on Sunday.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, the Spaniard labelled the Blues as the best team in Europe.

‘I was a great test for us against the best team in Europe,’ he said after the game. ‘We showed some positive stuff and some worrying stuff when we gave the ball away in difficult positions.

‘When we had to do defensive organisations, it opened spaces in difficult moments.’

The Blues will continue our pre-season preparations in The Mind Series when we face Tottenham at Stamford Bridge tomorrow evening.

‘It was a great atmosphere,’ Arteta added. ‘For what we could do against this team and where we are in pre-season, I think it was positive.’

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