Manchester City may have been the dominant force last season, but Chelsea have become their Achilles heel.
The Premier League champions have lost three times in a row to Thomas Tuchel towards the end of the campaign, including in the Champions League final.
Few would say Chelsea are the better team, as City won both the league and the Carabao Cup last season.
The next step for Chelsea is to challenge City in a 38-game season.
It was made much more difficult with City close to signing Aston Villa and England star Jack Grealish for £ 100million.
Chelsea have been linked with Erling Haaland although those rumors have died down lately, but it seems they are looking to an old friend to solve their goal issues – Romelu Lukaku.
Darren Bent believes Chelsea will be ready to push City to the end if he re-signs Lukaku, whether City signs Grealish or not.
“If Chelsea got Lukaku and even if Manchester City got one from Harry Kane or Jack Grealish, Chelsea would close the distance again,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“We saw them win the Champions League, it must be said quite comfortably with Werner arriving on the left.
“Last season, Chelsea lost points because of missed opportunities in key moments, Werner missed a lot but was falling into place, Thomas Tuchel does not really want Tammy Abraham.
“If you bring in someone like Lukaku, you give him opportunities, he will score goals. We saw how much his bonding game improved at Euro 2020 and so did his touch.
“He’s improved so much over the past two seasons so if Chelsea has him they’re so close to Manchester City.”
Time will tell if Lukaku is the missing piece of the puzzle at Chelsea, but there are a number of ways they could line up if they make the deal, especially if they also sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, who has been linked with a transfer this summer.
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This is the team that Chelsea have played the most since Tuchel took over as manager and naturally Lukaku would lead the team.
The 28-year-old replaces Werner, who scored 12 goals last season but should have had a lot more.
This gives Tuchel two creative and energetic players right behind the former Man United striker, allowing him to focus on scoring goals.
However, an arrival from Lukaku doesn’t necessarily mean Werner’s end at Chelsea – the pair could work together up front.
Inter went 3-5-2 in their winning season, with Lukaku working well with Arsenal target Lautaro Martinez.
In between, they have scored 41 league goals, which is quite an achievement.
Bent suggested Werner could stay on the left if Lukaku joined in and although Tuchel was reluctant to play four, that would accommodate many of his attackers very well.
It may mean Thiago Silva falls on the bench in favor of the two youngest center-backs.
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