Report: Chelsea could sign ‘excellent’ 22-year-old player and actually play him next to Romelu Lukaku


Benfica striker Darwin Nunez is reportedly someone Chelsea could play in attack next to Romelu Lukaku if they signed him.

Chelsea were linked earlier this week with Benfica’s 22-year-old star. The Athletic explained the Blues are one of the clubs in the driving seat to sign £59million-rated Nunez this summer, along with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

The Athletic now explains that he wouldn’t necessarily be a replacement for Lukaku at Stamford Bridge.

It is explained observers of the Portuguese league know that Benfica’s Nunez plays his best football with a strike partner. Therefore, the talented youngster could work with Lukaku, or even Chelsea teammate Kai Havertz in attack.

Nunez, who has eight international caps for his country Uruguay, is a talented player whose name is starting to gather more noise in the footballing world.

He’s scored 31 goals in 36 games across all competitions so far this season.

The centre-forward’s starting tonight in a Champions League quarter-final showdown at Anfield against Liverpool, too.

Benfica manager Nelson Verissimo described him as an “excellent player” earlier this month.

Chelsea’s attacking conundrum

It’s been a tough time for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel not really knowing his best attack during this season.

There’s been different players contributing at different times, but many of the attackers are struggling for consistency.

It does look like Kai Havertz and Mason Mount are two of the three preferred options in attack, which is justified by their goal returns this season.

Chelsea do need to find a permanent solution at striker next year, though.

Some may feel that Lukaku can be integrated into the side better after another season, while the prospect of landing highly rated Nunez is an exciting one.