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Chelsea Outcast Shown Interest From Juventus Amid Talks With Inter: Should Pochettino Consider The Deal?

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According to a Sky Sport report, discussions have occurred between Juventus and Chelsea regarding the potential acquisition of striker Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku, who spent the previous season on loan at Inter Milan, has attracted interest from both Inter and Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal.

Inter Milan, in particular, have expressed their desire to secure Lukaku’s services permanently and are preparing an offer of £35m to Chelsea for the talented Belgian international.

Lukaku’s Impressive Loan Stint With Inter Milan Last Season

After enduring a challenging campaign at Stamford Bridge, Romelu Lukaku found a fresh start when he joined Inter Milan on loan. As the focal point of Thomas Tuchel’s attack, Lukaku struggled to perform at a high level. However, the 30-year-old Belgian international experienced a significant turnaround during his loan spell at Inter, showcasing his quality by scoring 10 goals and providing six assists in 25 appearances across various competitions.

Romelu Lukaku
Inter Milan’s Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku arrives to meet with the press on June 5, 2023 at the club’s training ground in Appiano Gentile, north of Milan, as part of a Media Day, five days ahead of Inter Milan’s UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Lukaku’s consistency and reliability in the final third were evident, with an average of 2.0 shots, 1.3 key passes, and 0.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. While his link-up play in the attacking third may have been somewhat lacking, indicated by a pass completion rate of 72.5% in top-flight football, Lukaku remained a potent threat for Inter Milan (statistics sourced from whoscored).

Should Chelsea Boss Mauricio Pochettino Consider Sanctioning His Exit To Juventus?

Romelu Lukaku continues to pose a significant attacking threat with his adept goal-poaching abilities inside the penalty box. The seasoned striker excels at positioning himself in optimal areas to capitalize on deliveries from his teammates, demonstrating his ability to make the most of scoring opportunities when in a confident state. However, due to inconsistent form, Lukaku found himself slipping down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge during Thomas Tuchel’s tenure, leading to his loan move to Serie A under substantial pressure.

Lukaku, an experienced veteran, possesses the ability to enhance any team’s attacking department with his formidable firepower and goal-scoring threat. His skill set and wealth of experience make him an invaluable asset, which is why Juventus is displaying a strong interest in acquiring his services.

Nevertheless, the Italian giants would need to present an even more enticing offer than their Serie A counterparts, Inter Milan, in order to persuade the West London club to part ways with the Belgian striker. Hence, the Blues will have to wait until Juventus make an official offer in order to decide on sanctioning the exit of the Belgian striker.

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