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Chelsea makes a last-minute request for a player swap in order to complete their exit – Clubs must discover the “magic formula”

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Chelsea makes a last-minute request for a player swap in order to complete their exit – Clubs must discover the “magic formula”

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month or two, you’re well aware that Romelu Lukaku wants to leave Chelsea and return to Inter.

While there’s little doubt Thomas Tuchel would like to get rid of the Belgium international, the Serie A club can’t afford to send him away full-time, leaving only a convoluted loan as a possibility.

That is, until the thought of incorporating an Inter player in the trade arose, which could help Chelsea open a few more doors.

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According to Gazzetta dello Sport, ‘a ray of sunshine has arisen’ for Lukaku in the form of the Blues ‘opening for a sale,’ but only if ‘the deal and the outlines are favourable’ for everyone.

As a result, one of Chelsea’s conditions was that ‘no free loan’ would be agreed upon, but that ‘yes to the idea of considering a deal that also includes a player willing to travel the opposite route’ would be agreed upon.

Inter were concerned that the London club might ask for Alessandro Bastoni, Milan Skriniar, or Lautaro Martinez, but the London club’s desire was for someone else.

‘Chelsea put the name of Denzel Dumfries at the top of the list’ instead of one of the trio, according to reports. Dumfries only joined the Serie A club last year to replace Achraf Hakimi.

This suggests that “under certain circumstances, Inter is willing to sit down at a table and seek a complex understanding.”

The ball has now been passed to the clubs, as it’s ‘up to them to find the magic formula to close the operation, taking into account that Inter cannot afford a heavy investment and Chelsea aim to save face’ after their costly mistake. Lukaku was bought for €115 million last year, and Dumfries is valued at ‘at least €40 million’ by the Italians.

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