Sky Sport Uk reports the Arab club’s interest: the bid made would be higher than that of the Italians, who had stopped at 40 million euros. But the player remains reluctant: he does not want to move from Europe.
Al Hilal is the team that is trying to convince Romelu Lukaku to choose the Saudi Pro League instead of Juventus. The English press is sure of this, according to which the Saudi team, which already got its hands on Lazio’s Milinkovic-Savic this summer and took Koulibaly from the Blues, has been targeting the Belgian for some time.
He is out of earshot for now, but Al Hilal has shown it has the right arguments to convince even the most reluctant players.
Like Juve and Inter Milan, Al Hilal has also come forward with Chelsea. But, with a higher bid than the two Italians, exceeding 50 million euros. Both the Bianconeri and Nerazzurri had arrived at 40 million, including bonuses, with the fixed part put on the plate by Juve higher than that of the Nerazzurri, although depending on the sale of Vlahovic by August 4.
Al Hilal, on the other hand, the 50 million is ready to pay all of it right away. The Saudis’ problem for now is Lukaku, who, according to the English press, said no to their pharaonic offer of 50 million euros (gross) for two seasons, eager to stay in big European soccer, preferably in Italy and certainly not in London.
Inter Milan’s withdrawal from the race and Juve’s need to sell Vlahovic before talking to Chelsea has led to Lukaku’s return to London. Tomorrow he is expected in Cobham to resume training, along with the Blues’ other redundancies, who left today for a long tour of the U.S. from which the Belgian was obviously excluded.
He was initially scheduled to return to Chelsea’s training center on Wednesday or Thursday of last week, as announced by coach Maurício Pochettino in his introductory press conference, but what appeared to be the fast-moving negotiations with Inter Milan had convinced both sides to postpone Lukaku’s call-up, convinced that it would be a pro forma and not a real return of the player to Chelsea’s base.