Juventus open to swapping Vlahovic for Chelsea’s Lukaku: Who would be better for the Bianconeri?

The futures of Dusan Vlahovic and Romelu Lukaku have become linked in the past few weeks, as they could swap their respective Juventus and Chelsea jerseys. There is a school of though that Juventus would be best leaving things as they are.

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Juventus are hoping to complete an exchange deal that will see them sign Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea and send Dusan Vlahovic to the Blues, but they are waiting for an improved offer from the Premier League club.

The Bianconeri paid Fiorentina a reported fee of €80 million in January 2022 to sign Vlahovic, but he has not lived up to expectations, and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri would prefer someone like Lukaku, who can drop back and hold up the ball.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Vlahovic would be happy to remain in Turin, and statistically, there are several that put him ahead of Lukaku. If Chelsea cannot satisfy Juventus’ demands for the 23-year-old, then holding onto the Serbian striker may still be to their benefit.

Inter’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates. [@Inter_en]

Juventus wait for an improved offer from Chelsea

Juventus want €40 million and Lukaku in exchange for Vlahovic, but the bids presented so far from Chelsea have been underwhelming from a Bianconeri perspective.

The latest proposal was the 30-year-old Belgian and €20m, which Juventus directors Cristiano Giuntoli and Giovanni Manna see no economic benefit in. They want to recuperate as much money as possible from the original transfer and not sell the 23-year-old for a significant loss.

Vlahovic has performed better in last two seasons than Lukaku

A majority of Juventus fans are against selling Vlahovic and bringing in Lukaku, and the numbers illustrate that they are against Allegri, who prefers the physicality and experience of the Belgian.

Since the start of the 2021/22 campaign, the Serbian striker has scored 43 goals in all competitions at an average of 0.49 per match, whereas the Belgian has found the back of the net 29 times with an average of 0.35.

Vlahovic also created more than chances, beating Lukaku 86 to 70, and he has also taken more shots, firing 230 compared to 173. The Serbian had naturally hit the target with greater frequency too, with 102 of his shots hitting the target compared to the Belgian’s 70.

Vlahovic has struggled to adapt to the conservative tactics of Allegri, but he has demonstrated that he can pose a danger to opposition defences when he has the ball at his feet and gets adequate service. The primary role of a striker is to score goals and Vlahovic has been doing that better than Lukaku in recent years.

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