Juventus have reportedly joined their Serie A rivals Internazionale in the, err, race to secure Romelu Lukaku’s services from Manchester United. Inter have been linked with Lukaku for several weeks, and the player himself has openly courted their attention while he has been conspicuously absent from pre-season action with an unspecified “injury.” New reports say that Juventus have now also declared an interest in the Belgian striker, and that they are willing to offer Paulo Dybala in part exchange.
Dybala has found himself out of favor at Juventus recently, and the bianconeri appear to be welcoming interest in the Argentine attacker. It’s not clear why Juventus would be interested in Lukaku, as he would not be a natural fit next to Cristiano Ronaldo, nor would he likely to be willing to come off the bench. Lukaku’s dissatisfaction at United, after all, stems from finding himself behind Marcus Rashford in the pecking order to lead the team’s attack.
Inter have their own unwanted Argentine forward in Mauro Icardi, who has been linked with a move to Juventus as well. In fact, this latest report of Juventus being interested in Lukaku could be a case of someone briefing to the media to get Inter to pull their finger out and meet United’s valuation. Lukaku’s transfer to Inter could then free up Juventus and Inter to agree a deal for Icardi, which could then in turn conveniently push Dybala to Manchester United anyway. We dare say such a merry-go-round would suit all parties, but interconnected, big-money transfers are rarely straightforward.
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