Chelsea Transfer News Roundup: Inter Milan set to loan Romelu Lukaku; Barcelona start talks with Antonio Rudiger, and more
Chelsea will face Brentford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the Premier League. The Blues are third in the league, with ten games to go. They lead Manchester City by ten points but have one game less.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan are planning a loan move for Romelu Lukaku this summer. Elsewhere, Barcelona have started talks with Antonio Rudiger. On that note, here’s a rundown of Chelsea’s top transfer stories as of April 1, 2022:
Inter Milan prepare a loan for Romelu Lukaku
Inter Milan are planning a sensational return for Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to The hard tackle via Calciomercato. The Belgian striker has been through a tough time since joining Chelsea last summer. The Nerazzuri are now ready to help end his nightmare.
Lukaku enjoyed a blistering 2020-21 campaign with Inter, helping them win the Scudetto for the first time in 11 years. The 28-year-old’s exploits – 24 league goals – earned him a return to Stamford Bridge at the start of the current season. The Blues had no qualms paying almost £100m for his signature as they prepared to challenge for the Premier League title under Thomas Tuchel.
Unfortunately, Lukaku has endured a disappointing campaign with the London giants so far. He didn’t live up to the billing despite a great start to the season. Things went haywire when he said he wanted to return to Inter in a controversial interview. This earned him the ire of the manager as well as the fans, and things have mostly gone downhill since then.
Tuchel dropped him in favor of Kai Havertz in recent games, and the latter responded brilliantly. Lukaku is unhappy with his lack of first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are considering attacking options as Tuchel remains skeptical of Lukaku, who has scored just 12 times this season. The 28-year-old is also eager to leave the club and is keen to reunite with Inter. The Belgian is even ready to take a pay cut to return to San Siro.
However, a permanent move is likely to be an expensive affair, and as such the Nerazzuri are exploring the option of a loan deal.
Barcelona start talks with Antonio Rudiger
Barcelona have started talks with Antonio Rudiger to facilitate a move this summer, according to journalist Florian Plettenberg.
The German defender is in the final months of his current contract with Chelsea. The Blues are unlikely to tie him down with a new deal. There’s already a scrum to sign him on a move from Bosman, and the Blaugrana have now joined the fray.
The La Liga giants want to strengthen their backline this summer and have their sights set on the 29-year-old. The player’s agent reportedly had a three-hour meeting with club management on Wednesday. The Blaugrana could now jump ahead of the queue in the race for the German defender.
Chelsea were close to securing Declan Rice before sanctions
Football agent Rob Segal says West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice was close to joining Chelsea before sanctions were imposed on the club. The Englishman is in superb form at the moment and is attracting interest from clubs across Europe.
Talk to Caught offsideSegal has ruled Manchester City and Manchester United out of the race for the 23-year-old.
“I think Declan Rice is a bit snookered now. He was going to go back to Chelsea – it was the worst kept secret in the industry, but Chelsea are not in the same position now, obviously,” Segal said.
“Manchester City don’t need him because they’re well served in that position, at least for another season, and are Manchester United ready to do that? – With Paul Pogba for nothing, will they end up pay West Ham, on a good day, £80m for Rice?- That would be an amazing deal from the Glazers, wouldn’t it?