Chelsea have halted the negotiation with Juventus concerning the swap between Romelu Lukaku and Dusan Vlahovic. The Blues have hesitations about onboarding the Serb. Moreover, the Bianconeri demanded a too-large fee in their mind, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.
The Old Lady wanted €40M, or slightly less plus add-ons. Instead, the London-based outfit had stopped at €20M. They are unlikely to backtrack. The deal could go through only without including the former Fiorentina striker. That hinges exclusively on the Old Lady.
If Juventus elected not to do that following the decision by Chelsea on Vlahovic, Saudi Arabia would be the only possible destination for Lukaku. He has rebuffed the advances from Al-Hilal and Al-Ahli, which put €50M per year on the table. Their transfer market closes after deadline day in Europe.
Directors Cristiano Giuntoli and Giovanni Manna have been driving a hard bargain on all deals this summer. They’d have to spend roughly €40M if they still wanted to purchase the ex-Inter star. After a check-up in Munich, the 23-year-old played in an intrasquad scrimmage and looked healthy. The fans once again made their feelings on the matter loudly known.
Our Take on Vlahovic, Lukaku, Chelsea, and Juventus
It’s a fair stance by the Bianconeri, which would do it mostly for economic motives. The Serb would fit well in Premier League and easily do better under a different coach.
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