A major update in Serie A giants’ Inter Milan’s ongoing pursuit of Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku has been revealed on Friday night.
Hitman Lukaku, of course, spent this past season at San Siro.
After being made available for transfer just a year on from his return to England with Chelsea, Inter swooped decisively, bringing the Belgian back to Italy on a season-long loan.
Lukaku, in turn, went on to endure something of a hit-and-miss term, racking up 14 goals and seven assists across 37 appearances in all competitions.
After looking close to his explosive best towards the season’s conclusion, though, the 30-year-old did enough to convince the powers that be at Inter of his readiness to contribute further next time out, too.
Negotiations, as a result, have since long been kicked back into gear between the respective boards in Lombardy and west London.
To this point, however, Inter have been left frustrated in their efforts to strike a deal.
And, if the latest word stemming from the Italian media on Friday evening is anything to go by, then such shortcomings on the part of the Nerazzurri could yet culminate in Lukaku taking his talents to a direct Serie A rival.
The outfit in question? Juventus.
In an explosive report unveiled by transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio a short time ago, it was revealed that the Inter brass have been left ‘deeply disappointed, embittered and angered’ by Lukaku.
This comes amid claims that the Belgian, over recent days, has failed to respond to outreach efforts on the part of staff and players alike on the blue half of the Milanese divide.
Not only that, but Inter have learned of an ‘opening’ on Lukaku’s part to a move to arch rivals Juventus.
Juve are understood to have identified the 30-year-old as a potential replacement for Dusan Vlahovic, amid ongoing speculation surrounding the Serb’s future in Turin.
Should Vlahovic be sold by August 4th, the Bianconeri would then be willing to match Inter’s €40 million package for Lukaku.
With a channel of communication now open between Juve and the Chelsea man, Di Marzio concludes that ‘it cannot be ruled out that Inter will decide to let go if Lukaku does not demonstrate a different attitude in the next few hours’.