Juventus sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli revealed the club were prepared to allow Dusan Vlahovic to join Chelsea this summer.
Mauricio Pochettino had earmarked the Serbian as a target in his first transfer window in charge of the club, as he looked to bolster his attacking options for the current campaign.
The former Spurs boss made it clear that Romelu Lukaku would play not part in his plans, Maglia Juventus despite the Belgian striker arriving at Stamford Bridge as the club’s record signing just two years prior.
A swap deal involving the two forwards was discussed, but failed to materialise with Vlahovic remaining in Turin and Lukaku joining Serie A rivals Roma on loan.
However, Giuntoli revealed that while Juventus were reluctant to allow Vlahovic to leave the reason the deal ultimately did not progress was because Chelsea were unwilling to meet their asking price for the 23-year-old.
Juventus sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli revealed his club were prepared to allow Dusan Vlahovic to join Chelsea
Serbian striker had repeatedly been linked with a move to Mauricio Pochettino’s side this summer
But the deal that was set to include Romelu Lukaku failed to materialise with the Blues reportedly unwilling to meet Juve’s asking price
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There was an offer from Chelsea for Vlahovic.’ The club’s sporting director told La Repubblica.
‘We didn’t want to part with Dusan, but faced with certain figures, we would have accepted. Chelsea never reached that amount, and the swap did not materialise.’
With the club unable to sign Vlahovic, summer signing Nicolas Jackson has led the line for the Blues this season, but has scored just once from his first six Premier League appearances.
Despite an influx of new arrivals this summer, reports suggest the club will be active once again in the upcoming window.
Pochettino is reportedly insistent that he will play a bigger role in the club’s transfer business in January with Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen said to be potential transfer targets.
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