German tabloid: Dortmund see Lukaku as 'back up' transfer option

Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen Belgium

German tabloid Bild has suggested Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is only a back up transfer target for Borussia Dortmund.

German tabloid Bild has suggested that Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund don’t see Romelu Lukaku as their priority attacking signing this summer.

BVB have been linked with various approaches for the Belgian striker, but Bild has reported he’s a back up option, in case the club can’t pull off a deal for Torino star Ciro Immobile.

“Torino only owns half of transfer rights along with Juventus – BVB’s Plan-B is a hot alternative candidate: Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku,” reports Bild.

The Chelsea striker has been very clear that he wants to be playing in the Champions League next season, but as a first choice striker, intensely desired by the club he’s joining.

Bild suggests that any move by BVB for Lukaku will be born out of failure to secure other targets, which instantly tells the 21-year-old he’s not considered in the same bracket by Dortmund as the 24-year-old Italian.

Jurgen Klopp is in a difficult position because he’s just seen his star striker Robert Lewandowski leave the club and walk off to sign for BVB’s main rivals Bayern Munich.

However, how he makes his next move is vital because he could jeopardise his chances of signing one of the Premier League’s best talents in the process.

Immobile had the edge over Lukaku in terms of goalscoring last season with 22 efforts in Italy’s top flight compared to the 15 goals Lukaku managed at Goodison Park with Everton.

He’s also got the edge in terms of age, which means he has a little more experience in top flight European football.

Bild also suggests that Immobile will be cheaper for BVB, around €18 million, a smaller amount than the £17-20 million figures being suggested that Chelsea are asking for Lukaku.

That makes him better value for Klopp than the Belgian and also means if BVB are forced to go for their back up option, Lukaku will instantly be under more pressure when he signs the contract.

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