THOMAS TUCHEL jokingly revealed he requested swoops for two of the Bundesliga’s biggest superstars in addition to Romelu Lukaku.
And the Blues gaffer hinted he hoped to line up a strike duo composed of Erling Haaland and Lukaku with Robert Lewandski as a number ten.
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The former Paris Saint-Germain boss shared the amusing reflections with reporters at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s season opener against Crystal Palace.
The comments – shared by Italian football expert Fabrizio Romano – come a day after the Champions League winners sealed a £97.5million deal for goal machine Lukaku.
And the Belgium frontman, 28, – who finished as Serie A’s second-highest scorer last term – could be in line to make his first Prem appearance in two years.
Tuchel, 47, told reporters: “We tried both Haaland and Lukaku, also we wanted to have Lewandowski as the No.10 behind. Unfortunately, the board didn't listen!”
Chelsea, who finished fourth, in the top-flight last term, have been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund star Haaland.
The Norway international, 21, who enjoyed a clinical strike partnership with former Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho, took the Bundesliga by storm last season.
The forward, whose Dortmund contract ends in 2024, netted 41 goals in 41 games across all competitions for the German giants last season.
In July it was reported the Blues were willing to go all out in a bid to sign the forward, who is also a Man United target.
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And it is claimed the club were willing to offer a player-plus-cash deal for the £150 rated striker who moved to the Westfalenstadion from Austrian outfit Salzburg in January 2020.
In the same month, SunSport revealed Chelsea had turned their attention to Lewandowski, 32, whose current contract with German champions Bayern Munich is set to expire in 2023.
And it is thought the Allianz Arena giants hope to persuade the Poland international to agree to an extension.
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