Rio Ferdinand thinks Chelsea are “an absolute threat to win the title” this season amid rumours they are on the verge of signing Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgium international has been in brilliant form for Inter Milan over the last two seasons since leaving Manchester United in 2019.
Lukaku provided 24 goals and 11 assists this season as the Nerazzurri romped to the Serie A title for the first time in 11 years.
Thomas Tuchel guided Chelsea to fourth last season after the Blues got off to a bad start under former boss Frank Lampard, while they ended up winning the Champions League.
After winning Europe’s biggest prize there is a fresh buzz around Stamford Bridge this season and they are now set to solve one of their biggest problems too.
Timo Werner struggled to score enough goals last season with Jorginho the club’s top Premier League goalscorer and Ferdinand reckons the potential £97.5m signing of Lukaku will put them firmly among the title challengers.
Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel: “I’ve spoken to him recently and he’s hungry man. He hasn’t confirmed to me that he’s signing for Chelsea but he just said this season, he’s hungry.
“I just think this guy, a lot of greatness comes through having fuel and what I mean by that is having doubters and wanting to prove them wrong.
“He’s got a whole stadium full at Manchester United who doubted him, all the fanbase at Old Trafford doubted him. A lot of people weren’t too dissatisfied when he left.
“He will be sitting there and looking in the diary to see when that Old Trafford game is and he will want to unload.
“Romelu Lukaku guarantees you 20 goals, minimum. He guarantees you that. He’s scored goals wherever he’s been, he’s an elite goalscorer, it’s as simple as that.
“If he gets the chances that Timo Werner got last year, he bangs 30-35 goals, it’s as simple as that. I think Werner will still be vital for them with how he runs off the ball and creates space.
“Chelsea have heavy artillery up front now, a real mix of talent, all different type of players, a real good blend. Lukaku going there makes them an absolute threat to win the title. They could win it.”