The state of play with Romelu Lukaku is pretty simple – Juventus want him, but can’t take him until they’ve shifted Dusan Vlahovic.
Chelsea would consider taking Vlahovic in return, but they don’t want to pay a big fee on top of Lukaku to get him. As it stands, according to Tuttosport cited here by Chelsea HQ, there’s still a vast €25-30m gap in valuation between the two sides.
There is still a €25-30million difference in valuation between #Chelsea and Juventus for Dusan Vlahovic, but the fact that negotiations have not broken down indicates that both clubs are willing to find a solution.
— Chels HQ (@Chels_HQ) August 6, 2023
That looks insurmountable, but as Tuttosport point out, the fact that talks are going on despite that reveals how keen both sides are to get a deal done. Serious compromises will have to be made on both ends, but everyone involved is keen to see it happen – so maybe a miracle can happen.
We have to say, we agree with their logic here. It’s the same logic that applies to the Moises Caicedo deal – we haven’t made a proper bid for weeks, but the fact we’re still going back and forth with them means both sides must see at least the potential for common ground.