Friday, September 29, 2023

Chelsea will urge Romelu Lukaku to accept Saudi bid which could force Aleksandar Mitrovic to switch clubs

Chelsea will urge Romelu Lukaku to accept an offer from Saudi Arabia if no European deal can be struck.

talkSPORT understands the Belgian striker has attracted interest from Juventus and other clubs around the continent, however no breakthrough has been reached.

Lukaku has been out in the cold since returning from Inter MilanGetty

Lukaku’s move to Saudi Arabia could mean a bizarre change in destination for new Al Hilal signing MitrovicAFP

The Italian giants are still keen on Lukaku, however their interest could hinge on being able to sell Dusan Vlahovic after the Blues turned down the chance of a swap deal.

Chelsea are hoping Lukaku will agree to join a Saudi Pro League club, which could have implications for ex-Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Al-Hilal remain interested in a move to sign Lukaku after a failed bid earlier this summer, however they’ve only recently signed Mitrovic from Fulham.

As a result, Saudi dealmakers could yet switch Mitrovic’s final destination with a specific club often fluid and only decided late in the process.

Al-Shabab and Al-Ettifaq were also keen on Mitrovic, meaning that either of these two clubs could still sign the Serbian star if Al Hilal decide to make Lukaku their top priority.

Chelsea are keen to sell Lukaku with Mauricio Pochettino not holding any significant conversations regarding his future at the club.

The Blues will command a fee in the region of £35-£38million in order to sell the player, a huge loss on a player who arrived for a club-record £97.5million just two years ago.

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