Romelu Lukaku’s comments in his interview with Sky Italia have split Chelsea fans, with many calling for his exit, an apology or something in between.
After rocking the boat on the terraces of Stamford Bridge, Cobham and social media, the Blues’ record signing responded via club media to clear the air.
But, the overriding response was that actions speak louder than words, and Chelsea fans demanded performances from the Belgian if he had any chance of salvaging a relationship, let alone a legacy, in the west. from London.
Although the night is still young and Lukaku still has his best chance to re-establish a bond with the Blues ahead of him, a door has opened for Marina Granovskaia who could see Chelsea finally secure one of their summer goals.
Lukaku has emerged as a shock target for Paris Saint-Germain as the French side seek to prepare for Kylian Mbappe’s potential departure, according to The Sun.
The French striker was pictured pointing to a Chelsea shirt with ‘Kylian 10’ on the back when he was younger after a trial at the club. His current deal at Parc des Princes expires at the end of the summer.
And with the 23-year-old yet to sign a new contract in the French capital, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have reportedly begun their search for a new talisman.
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The report claims that PSG would be willing to pay up to €90m (£75m) for Lukaku, although Chelsea lured the Belgian to Stamford Bridge in the summer for £97.5m.
If Roman Abramovich gives the green light to PSG’s offer, the Russian would potentially lose almost £20m.
However, the valuation gap between the two clubs can be turned into a positive for Chelsea; Granovskaia could use the differential to secure his summer target, Achraf Hakimi.
Chelsea announced their interest in Hakimi, who can operate on both flanks, last summer before filing a £56.1million fee, according to Sky Sports – an offer which PSG quickly matched.
Inter Milan then reportedly rejected the offer before the French side flexed their muscles, paid £58.4million and eventually tied the Moroccan to a five-year contract.
While a cashier player deal may be difficult to engineer, especially with a swap that works in favor of Chelsea, PSG’s interest in Lukaku and their potential panic over how they make up for Mbappe’s exit could leave the door open to Granovskaia to strike a deal.
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