‘How about Lukaku instead of Mbappe?’ Chelsea pull off surprise upset over Real

Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to Real Madrid has been renewed.

“Chelsea have opened talks with Real over the sale of Lukaku this summer,” Spanish outlet Fichajes reported on Saturday (July 16).

Lukaku has been widely expected to leave Chelsea this summer. He returned to Chelsea last month after his loan deal with Inter Milan expired, but Mauricio Pochettino had no intention of playing him.

Juventus emerged as a possible next destination. Lukaku abruptly cut off contact with Inter Milan last month and began pushing for a move to Juventus.

The transfer fee stood in Juventus’ way. Juventus were unable to pay the €40 million Chelsea wanted for Lukaku.

A swap deal emerged as a solution. Juventus planned to sell Blahovic, who had an unsatisfactory season last year, to Chelsea in exchange for Lukaku.

The deal never materialized. Chelsea prepared an offer of €25 million for Lukaku, but Juventus asked for €40 million for Lukaku and the talks broke down.

It’s Chelsea who got the short end of the stick. No serious offers have been made for Lukaku despite the transfer window closing in two weeks. Failing a sale, they could be stuck with Lukaku’s high salary until at least the winter transfer window.

According to reports, Chelsea have offered Lukaku as an alternative to Real, who have backed out of the race for Kylian Mbappe. 메이저놀이터

It could be an interesting option. Real did sign Joselu this summer, but the departure of Karim Benzema has left them without a lot of weight up front.

The outlet adds, “Lukaku’s transfer fee is set at €40 million. It remains to be seen if Real will try to sign him.”