Chelsea to move for Inter pair ‘at Lukaku’s suggestion’

Will Ford

Chelsea are reportedly targeting a pair of Inter Milan defenders, with Romelu Lukaku pushing for the double deal.

The Blues were keen on landing Jules Kounde from Sevilla this summer, but fell short of his £68million buyout clause.

Reports suggest they could leverage the Frenchman’s ‘fury’ and return with another low-ball offer in January, but Sport Mediaset (via Sport Witness) claims the Champions League winners ‘point’ towards Inter pair Milan Skriniar and Alessando Bastoni.

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Odd though that phrasing is, the report goes on to confirm they are targeting the duo ‘at the suggestion’ of Romelu Lukaku, who played with them for the Italian champions last season.

Thomas Tuchel will be looking to strengthen his defensive options with 36-year-old Thiago Silva unlikely to extend his deal by another year and uncertainty surrounding the future of Antonio Rudiger.

The German centre-back – whose Blues contract expires next summer – is said to be ‘weighing up his options’ and reportedly wants a significant pay rise to remain in west London.

But Sport Mediaset add that Skriniar and Bastoni are ‘key’ to manager Simone Inzaghi’s plans at Inter and ‘it will be difficult to snatch’ the two centre-backs away from the Nerazzurri.

Agent Lukaku (a Winner again) scored an impressive brace against Aston Villa on Saturday to take his season tally to three and put the Blues level on points with Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.

And Gary Neville claims Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge was “ominous” and Thomas Tuchel’s side will be “difficult to stop”.

“I went home from Salford City to watch the Chelsea vs Villa game and Villa played well, they are a decent side,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“But Chelsea are robotic, methodical…

“When they scored that first goal with Lukaku I just thought ‘it is ominous’.

“There is a feeling about Chelsea…clean sheets, the striker is scoring guaranteed, the players behind them and the midfield.

“They are going to be difficult to stop.

“The talk will all be about Pep Guardiola, Manchester City and Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United.

“But Chelsea, everybody knows they are serious, it was a real performance.”