Unauthorized diving seems to be all the rage.
“Romelu Lukaku has gone AWOL from Inter Milan during transfer talks,” Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Friday (Aug. 15).
After joining Chelsea in 2021, Lukaku was loaned to Inter Milan for the 2022-2023 season, where he scored 10 goals in 25 games. Now that his loan has expired, Lukaku has refused to return to Chelsea and wants to stay at Inter Milan. Lukaku is currently training with the club.
Lukaku joined Chelsea in 2021 for an astronomical transfer fee of £97.5 million. Even if Chelsea get their asking price, that’s less than half of what he cost two years ago.
However, Inter have also been active in the transfer talks as they have been freed up by the sale of Andre Onana to Manchester United. Inter reportedly offered €35 million with an option for €5 million, which was close to Chelsea’s asking price.
However, there was a sudden twist. Lukaku’s sudden change of heart. Lukaku, who only wanted to join Inter and was considering taking a pay cut, had another option,
Juventus were considering selling striker Dusan Blagojevich. They planned to bring in Lukaku as a replacement.
Lukaku was rattled by Juventus’ approach. “With transfer talks underway, Lukaku suddenly went into hiding without being contacted by Inter,” explained Gazzetta dello Sport 메이저사이트.
“The Nerazzurri are furious with Lukaku for ignoring the administration and his former teammates and refusing to comment. They are even willing to give up on him if they know he is considering a move to Juventus.”
If Lukaku were to walk away, it would put his “original” club, Chelsea, in an awkward position. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, “Juventus have also made an offer to Chelsea for Lukaku. However, they have only said that they would buy him if Blahovic is sold.”