Juventus are interested in signing Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku if they sell Dusan Vlahovic, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Belgian international is keen on staying in Italy, although his preferred choice would be to remain with Inter Milan, where he spent last season on loan. Vlahovic has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent months so it is not a surprise that a number of fans on Twitter have suggested a potential player swap:
— otto (@Ampadukam) June 26, 2023
Give them 5m and Lukaku
— Baksofilik (@alfinrezaabd55) June 26, 2023
Swap deal would be great
— N W A C H U K W U (@Nwachukwujc) June 26, 2023
Replacement? They should exchange Club.
Vlahovic to Chelsea and Lukaku to Juventus.
— 𝘼𝙡𝙝𝙖𝙟𝙞 𝘽𝙖𝙗𝙮 🎭 (@iamrauzzy) June 26, 2023
Swap deal, here we go
— george (@george09358534) June 26, 2023
Player swap would be great
— NelloGh🏾💙 (@Nello_GH) June 26, 2023
A part exchange deal could be considered by Chelsea
Vlahovic’s asking price is said to be €80m (£68.7m), while Chelsea’s valuation of Lukaku is reportedly half that at around €40m (£34.3m) so the Blues would need to stump up some cash in addition to offering up Lukaku.
Whether that is likely, we shall have to wait and see. Other teams (such as Manchester United and Newcastle) have been linked with a move for Vlahovic but his price tag may put off teams from making bids, and a swap deal with Chelsea may prove to be an attractive option for both the Blues and the Bianconeri.
Lukaku is unlikely to be interested in Juve switch
An important point to make is that the Belgian was subject to racist abuse by a section of Juventus supporters at a game back in April.
For that reason alone, Lukaku may block any move to Turin, which would be understandable, so fans should not be surprised if suggestions about a potential player exchange come to nothing.