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Elaborate Chelsea player-exchange deal dismissed due to Romelu Lukaku circumstances

Romelu Lukaku, August 2022

Chelsea are already in discussions with Inter Milan to extend Romelu Lukaku’s loan spell, smashing suggestions the striker could be used in an ambitious deal to land Harry Kane.

New Blues boss Graham Potter is understood to be ad admirer of Kane – that in itself is no surprise. The England forward is a prolific goalscorer at the top level and Bayern Munich are said to be keen on a move next summer.

Chelsea did add Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to their squad in the summer, but Timo Werner and Lukaku moved on. And Calciomercatoweb claimed this week thar Potter was keen on another striker and Kane was his preferred choice.

What’s more Spurs’ no. 1 target to replace Kane would be Lukaku. Whether that idea is where the talk of a player-exchange deal evolved from is unclear. But the ambitious deal, and it’s worth pointing out exchange deals are few and far between, has been played down.

CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs has been talking about the future of Kane and Lukaku and has poured cold water on the prospect of a transfer next summer.

Speaking on The Done Deal Show, Jacobs revealed that talks between Chelsea and Inter are progressing over an extension of the player’s loan deal.

“Some will have seen stories out there that suggest they may consider leveraging Lukaku to try to facilitate some kind of player-plus-cash deal.  But Lukaku would like to stay at Inter, he would like another loan and Chelsea are already verbally talking about another one-year loan for Lukaku even though Graham Potter’s arrival may influence things,” Jacobs said.

Lukaku loan

Lukaku was eager to try his luck elsewhere in the summer and Todd Boehly facilitated his move to Serie A. and he left on a one-year loan deal.

Inter spent a fee of €8 to welcome Lukaku for 2022-23. If they want him in 2023-24 as well, they might have to pay the Blues €10m.

Whether or not former Brighton boss Potter will sanction another loan deal for Lukaku is unclear. But Potter will certainly want to stamp his authority on the squad in the next few transfers windows. Whether that will mean a return for Lukaku or keeping the player on loan in order to facilitate a move for another forward, will be the decision for Potter.

Lukaku though has relished his time in Serie A previously. And this time around he has one goal and one assist from three league games.

In 2020/21 the Belgium forward scored 30 goals in 44 games in all competitions.

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