Chelsea have asked Inter to include Barella in the deal if they are to sell Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku needs to be acquired permanently, and Chelsea is pleading with Inter Milan to add Nicolo Barella

Inter Milan has been instructed by Chelsea to include midfielder Nicolo Barella in a swap deal if they want to sign Romelu Lukaku on a long-term contract. Despite Barella’s desire to stay at San Siro, the Blues have reportedly asked Inter to include the Italian midfielder in the trade.

Lukaku, who joined Chelsea for the 2021–22 season, was returned to Inter Milan on loan after having a disappointing campaign there. The Serie A giants’ 14-goal scorer from Belgium wants to stay at Inter, and the team is eager to keep him for another campaign.

However, Chelsea wants to sell him permanently, while Inter are okay with Lukaku returning for another loan period. Barella may be Mason Mount’s replacement if the England international goes, which would be a good move for Chelsea. However, the Blues must first offload a number of players in order to earn a profit given their mounting pay bill and the fact that they blew a tonne of cash during their past two transfer windows.

It will be challenging for Inter to include Barella in the transfer because he is one of their most important players. Barella’s addition will be a major improvement for our midfield because of his expertise, ability to generate opportunities while defending, and scoring prowess (he has seven assists and six goals for Inter this season). The icing on the cake would be a box-to-box midfielder, but it seems unlikely that Inter would want to part with their best midfielder, especially for a striker who wasn’t exactly a definite starting next to Lautaro Martinez.

They must therefore make plans for life after the ageing Edin Dzeko. Hopefully, they appreciate Lukaku enough to be willing to let go of perhaps their greatest player. Even better if the 26-year-old is willing to leave. But it would always be difficult to sign players in his calibre without UEFA Champions League football. Be prepared for Inter to outright reject this offer.

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