Chelsea were ready to spend €130m on Romelu Lukaku, claim Sportitalia, but Inter slammed the door shut.
The striker was instrumental in their first Serie A title since 2010 and is in the form of his life, scoring 30 goals along with 10 assists in 44 competitive games last season.
This caught the eye of Manchester City and Chelsea, but huge offers are rejected out of hand by his club.
Lukaku is a key figure in this team and after parting company with Antonio Conte, they have no intention of losing him as well.
He is under contract until June 2024 and they paid €74m to get him from Manchester United in 2019, but his value has only increased since then.
According to Sportitalia transfer expert Alfredo Pedullà, Chelsea are desperate to get a centre-forward this summer and have a budget of €130m set aside for this role.
He claims they were prepared to splash all of it on Lukaku, but as things stand, Inter have no intention of even listening to proposals for the Belgium international.
Another Chelsea target is Borussia Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland, while Manchester City have also been linked with Lukaku, but got the same response.
— Alfredo Pedullà (@AlfredoPedulla) July 27, 2021