Chelsea has requested that Inter Milan include midfielder Nicolo Barella in a swap deal, which would involve a permanent move of Romelu Lukaku to San Siro.
Chelsea is actively pursuing the acquisition of a new midfielder while engaging in discussions with Manchester United regarding the potential sale of Mason Mount and with Arsenal regarding the potential sale of Kai Havertz.
Corriere dello Sport reports Chelsea’s keen interest in signing Barella, who has also been near to contemplating a surprising move to Newcastle.
Furthermore, the Blues are chasing Moises Caicedo from Brighton in various reports, although experts estimate his price tag to be around £120 million.
Lukaku left Chelsea with a loan deal and now he is close to permanent it
Lukaku has expressed a strong desire to stay at Inter and is growing frustrated with the delay in finalizing the deal. Inter, on their part, are also keen on retaining him.
However, reports indicate that Inter is currently actively exploring the possibility of a second loan instead of opting for a permanent purchase. This potential decision by Inter has the potential to impede Chelsea’s proposal to include Barella in the deal.
Barella has risen as a crucial player for Inter and played a pivotal role in their journey to the Champions League final, despite their loss to Manchester City.
Inter and Chelsea are presently engaging in negotiations, with additional talks expected to take place in the near future. It is worth noting that Inter has expressed interest in Kalidou Koulibaly from Chelsea, indicating potential complexity in the ongoing discussions.