John O’Shea believes should use a portion of his £200million summer transfer budget to raid for ’s replacement.
The Belgium international’s underwhelming return to Stamford Bridge is set to culminate in a return to Inter on loan with a fee having been agreed between the two clubs this week.
have made an uncharacteristically slow start to their transfer dealings this summer but are set to accelarate their spending in the coming weeks following talks between Tuchel and new owner Todd Boehly.
The American has promised to deliver as many as six new signings and a new forward capable of replacing Lukaku represents a priority.
Chelsea may not opt to sign a like-for-like striker and have identified a clutch of versatile forwards as primary targets, including Brazilian trio Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison and Raphinha.
And former United defender O’Shea believes Richarilison, who is a popular choice amongst Chelsea’s current squad, is the pick of that particular bunch.
He told : ‘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.’
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