Chelsea Reach An Agreement With Juventus
According to a report from Express, Chelsea and Juventus have come to terms regarding the valuation of Romelu Lukaku. With news of Christopher Nkunku’s knee injury, the Blues might accelerate proceedings for a potential deal that involves Dusan Vlahovic moving in the opposite direction.
Lukaku’s Productive Loan Stint At Inter Milan In The Previous Season
Before embarking on a loan move to the Italian club, Lukaku faced a challenging period at the West London club, where he encountered difficulties in delivering top-tier performances as the focal point of Thomas Tuchel’s attacking strategy. Nonetheless, the 30-year-old managed to stage a comeback, tallying 10 goals and providing six assists in 25 appearances for Inter during the last season, competing in various competitions.
The Belgian player exhibited steadiness and dependability in the attacking zone, maintaining an average of 2.0 shots, 1.3 key passes, and 0.6 dribbles per 90 minutes during Premier League matches. However, there were instances of unpolished link-up play in the final third, as indicated by a pass completion rate of 72.5% in top-flight football (statistics sourced from Whoscored).
Good Move From Chelsea Boss Mauricio Pochettino?
Lukaku continues to pose a threat in the offensive zone, showcasing his prowess as a goal poacher within the penalty box. The experienced forward possesses the ability to position himself adeptly to capitalize on incoming deliveries from teammates and efficiently convert these opportunities when he’s in good form.
However, the situation at Stamford Bridge indicates that his contributions are no longer required, a fact that has been evident for some time. The Belgian striker’s status has slipped in the pecking order, rendering him surplus to requirements.
Christopher Nkunku, on the other hand, faces a delayed Chelsea debut due to surgery performed shortly before the commencement of the new season. The £52 million talent sustained an injury during the club’s final pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund over the weekend.
Given this context, exploring a scenario that involves selling Lukaku to Juventus and orchestrating a swap deal to bring Dusan Vlahovic could be the most advantageous course of action for Mauricio Pochettino. His proactive approach in engaging with the Italian club could indeed be commendable.