It looks like Romelu Lukaku may be Juventus’ newest addition in the near future.
According to multiple reports, Lukaku has agreed to personal terms with the club. It’s just a matter of agreeing to a fee with Chelsea to bring the Belgian to Turin. According to Juvefc.com, the Blues could get around €40 million for Lukaku.
Lukaku’s time at Chelsea was a bit of a nightmare. Signed in 2021 from Inter Milan, Lukaku was supposed to be a major attacking threat for the Blues. Instead, Lukaku’s time in London was marred with injuries and controversy. All of those things led Chelsea to loan him back to Inter where he played decent, not great, football. When the loan ended, Lukaku returned to Chelsea and the Blues have been trying to offload him ever since.
Reports earlier in the summer indicated that a number of Saudi Arabian teams may have had interest in Lukaku. The striker, however, didn’t share that interest. Lukaku, it seems, wants to stay in Italy and wants to move to Juventus, specifically.
If the deal is completed, it would surely signal the end of Dusan Vlahovic’s time in Turin. It wouldn’t be surprising for the club to move on from Vlahovic. Yet, it would be disappointing to replace him with Lukaku.
Romelu Lukaku coming to Juventus would be a mistake. He’s a player with a history of injuries and has moments where he doesn’t play well if he isn’t treated properly.
It is very likely that Juve will need a striker before the season starts. Lukaku should not be that guy. He’s 30 years old and has a history of injury. He also is not a “team” player, evidenced by his interviews trashing Chelsea, his club at the time, back in 2021. He might not be a great person in the dressing room.
There are also younger, high-ceiling players that have been linked to Juventus. Jonathan David, for example, would be a much better choice for a team that needs to bring in young talent instead of superstars that may be at the end or past their prime.
Lukaku was a dominant force in European football for a while. That time may have passed, however, and it would be a mistake to bring him to Turin instead of young, high-potential players.