Report: Napoli ‘close to agreement’ with Chelsea amid Milan’s Lukaku interest

By Ben Dixon -

In recent days, a re-emerging link arose again, that of Romelu Lukaku and AC Milan, but a report from this morning suggests that the links could fade as quickly as they became prominent.

Although Joshua Zirkzee remains the top priority for Milan, other ideas are being evaluated, and one of these is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker has been linked to the Rossoneri several times in recent summers, and this mercato has been no different, and the ending could be in sight.

Whilst the rumours have arisen, and no matter how concrete the Diavolo’s interest has been, the final step has never been taken, and it seems the same outcome may be awaiting this storyline once again.

As Cronache di Napoli (via Milan News) reports, Napoli hold a strong interest in the striker, and the main reason for this is Antonio Conte. In previous iterations, the duo have been deadly, and Lukaku seemed at his best in recent years under Conte’s tutelage at Inter.

With this in mind, and Conte looking for a new striker due to Victor Osimhen’s situation, he sees Lukaku as a permanent option, to a reoccurring issue for the Partneopei. Furthermore, the report suggests that an agreement between the two clubs is close, and a deal could be sealed for €30 million.

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  1. Milan’s owners, if they’re serious, should really be in the market for Oshimen. There are no “bargain basement” top quality CFs.

      1. Redbird mentality. The real Milan owners of the 90s and 2000s would buy the striler. Your thoughts are of poverty mentality.

    1. Milan’s owner is not serious about winning but is serious about “managing the football club as a widget factory” and “ROI”. Even if Milan had the money to afford Osimhen’s transfer fee and huge salary, there is no way they would be able to sell him later without a loss. We don’t buy assets that will get depreciated over time. Cross the fingers for our second-tier coach and sustainable players to be able to win any trophy but if not, no big deal because “winning is boring”. “UCL appearance” is fine enough for this ownership.

      1. Or ..

        In this specific case Osimhen has been injury prone and looked bang average last season.

        I’d even go so far to say he was pouting at times and it impacted him on the field.

        I’d rather rush 30m on Abraham if that is the profile we want. At least he was still working his way back to fitness.

        I’m not disputing the claim of managing to ROI. Rather I am suggesting both ROI and winning can be achieved.

        1. Yeah this is what I’m saying. ROI and winning can be achieved simultaneously but only by respecting that order of priority: 1) ROI, 2) winning eventually. So first priority leads to dubious decisions such as hiring a second-tier coach and recruit affordable players, which eventually harms the second priority.

          All quotes are from lord and saviour Jerry himself.

          1. That’s quality analysis for sure.

            For me I need a couple more years data to see a trend. Last year was a successful Mercado in my opinion with an improved team. Just not enough.

            This year I am looking for us to compete for the trophies.

            If we don’t win anything but are a couple points off the Scudetto, quarters or semis in UCL and make a run in the cup then we are competing on multiple fronts. That would be a big step forward and show continuity the following year can push us over the edge.

            In this situation we are adding one or two high priced key players while offloading mistakes and players aging out.

            So third year I’d expect to see a trophy.

            What I don’t want is a Man U situation where we have disastrous salaries and we call success winning the cup while being terrible in all other comps.

            We are in this rollercoaster together for sure. I’ll hope your wrong but I can see how your prediction makes sense.

            Also yeah, I’m guilty of saying I want more data. Irony is not lost on me 🙂

  2. If Milan management were REALLY serious they would’ve bought Mbappe instead of being pipped at the post again by Real Madrid. How does this keep happening???

    1. So in your mind, between Mbappé, who is in the 99th percentile, and our latest recruit at striker Jovic, who is maybe in the 10th percentile for European top clubs, there is no in between?

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