Juventus haven’t lost hope of signing Chelsea outcast Romelu Lukaku. Au contraire, new sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli is ‘on a mission’ to lure the Belgian back to Serie A, according to Corriere dello Sport. He reportedly looks to close the deal within the next ten days.
Lukaku has returned to Chelsea this summer after a decent loan spell at Inter last season. While he was widely expected to rejoin the Nerazzurri on a permanent basis, the 30-year-old won’t be coming back at Giuseppe Meazza. Simone Inzaghi’s men have already switched to other targets.
With Inter identifying Arsenal starlet Folarin Balogun as a top center-forward target, Juventus have a clear pathway to land Lukaku. The Italians don’t have to worry about Chelsea, as the Blues cannot wait to see the ex-Manchester United flop walking through the exit gates.
Though Juventus won’t overpay for Lukaku’s arrival, they must be ready to part with a significant figure to pull the deal through. Chelsea shelled out a club-record €115 million fee to take him away from Inter in 2021. It will likely take a third of that sum to get them to sell the robust striker.
Giuntoli’s interest in Lukaku has no strings attached to the future of Dusan Vlahovic. Even if Juventus fail to cash in on the troubled frontman, they won’t give up on their pursuit of the Belgium international. They’ve been relatively quiet this summer. But it could prove the calm before the storm.
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