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Romelu Lukaku: Good News For Napoli And AC Milan, Bad News For Juventus

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It has been well established that Belgian striker, Romelu Lukaku doesn’t have a future with EPL club, Chelsea. He spent last season on loan at Roma, and the Giallorossi have decided not to make his move permanent, or the player himself decided to go elsewhere.

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Nevertheless, it seems like he has no future with Chelsea and Roma, but he’s definitely not short of suitors, despite having a sub-par showing at the Euro 2024 tournament with Belgium.

While he has the option of moving to the Middle East, there are two Serie A clubs interested in him, AC Milan and Napoli, but they’re not ready to meet Chelsea’s asking price.


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But there is good news on the horizon, because, according to several reports from Italy, the Blues are prepared to lower the asking price for Lukaku, as they’re in a tight position, so they want to sell him for around €44m, which is the minimum they can take in without making a net loss on his original €115m transfer from Inter.

For Lukaku, he wants to reunite with Antonio Conte at Napoli. The pair always admired each other and finally got to work together at Inter, winning the Scudetto.Now Conte has taken over at Napoli and is pushing to bring in the striker.

For Milan, they’re looking a striker to replace Olivier Giroud and after facing difficulty in their pursuit of Joshua Zirkzee (agent commission), Lukaku is amongst the names they’re considering and the player is also said to be open to the idea, but just like Napoli, they’re not ready to pay the required fee.

However, according to a new report from Sport Mediaset, Chelsea are now prepared to accept a discount, so would let him go for €25-30m including bonuses. Lukaku could also help bridge the financial gap by taking a pay cut with the Partenopei, from the €7.5m he earned at Roma to under €6m.

Milan have also been linked with the centre-forward, but he seems determined to join Napoli, because of Conte, but joining Milan Could also help him beat his former team, Inter Milan to the Serie A title for the 2024-25 season after his unceremonious exit from the club before the start of the 2023-24 season.

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But for another Serie A club, Juventus, this probably won’t end well. The Bianconeri are looking for attacking reinforcements and apart from Tammy Abraham, whom they’ve made enquiries about, they’re also looking at Borussia Dortmund forward, Karim Adeyemi.

But this player is also on the radar of Chelsea, who will be free to make a move once they’ve sold Lukaku. According to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport, Juve inquired about Abraham’s availability, hoping that Roma would be open to loan out the ex-Chelsea man.

Genoa‘s Mateo Retegui is also on the Old Lady’s agenda, but the Italy international may be more expensive than Abraham, who recently returned to action after a cruciate ligament injury suffered in 2023.

Roma are interested in Federico Chiesa, but it seems too early for a swap deal given that the Italian winger is waiting for offers from abroad.Chiesa won’t sign a new deal with the Old Lady. So he’s on the market, and Adeyemi is an option to replace him.

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The Germany international is on Cristiano Giuntoli’s agenda alongside Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood. According to Gazzetta, however, Chelsea have recently sounded out Adeyemi, becoming a ‘threat’ to the Bianconeri.

It might come down to who is able to put together a suitable offer to Dortmund, but Chelsea will definitely have the upper hand because they’re able to offer a better salary, while Juventus would be able to offer him UCL football.

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