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Lukaku: Chelsea Seek Barella For Any Swap Deal

Chelsea want Inter Milan to include Nicolo Barella in a swap deal that would see Romelu Lukaku join the club permanently.

Lukaku joined Chelsea from Inter for £97.5 million in 2021, but returned to the San Siro on loan year later after a turbulent campaign.

He scored 14 goals for Simone Inzaghi’s side last season, and the Nerazzurri are keen to keep him for another year.

According to reports in Corriere dello Sport, they have asked for Barella to be included in a deal for Lukaku, who is thought to be keen on staying in Milan.

It remains to be seen whether they will be able to complete the deal, though, as Inter are keen for Lukaku to pen another loan deal rather than a permanent move.

Barella was a key player for Inzaghi last season.

The Italy international scored nine goals across all competitions in 52 games as he won the Coppa Italia and reached the Champions League final.

It is thought by inside sources that He could be an excellent addition for incoming Chelsea boss Maurico Pochettino, although there may be more pressing signings to make.

Despite spending more than £600m on 18 players across the summer and winter transfer windows, they finished in the bottom-half for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign.

However, they are keen to invest heavily again as they look to rebuild the club, the likes of Mbappe and Vlahovic are also being considered.

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