Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is not convinced that Dusan Vlahovic would be the right player for the Blues. Reports claim he could pull the plug on a potential move for the Juventus star which would have seen Romelu Lukaku head in the opposite direction.
Goals were a problem for Chelsea last season and Pochettino is exploring potential ways of solving that issue. Lukaku will not be the answer to their woes, with the Belgian not part of the head coach’s plans following his return from Inter Milan.
Inter were interested in re-signing Lukaku this summer but they pulled out of a move in July. Reports swiftly linked Juventus with the 30-year-old forward but they would have to sell first.
Reports have linked Chelsea with a player-plus-cash deal to sign Vlahovic. The Blues were claimed to be prepared to pay up to £38.5m for the Serbia star, as well as sending Lukaku to Turin in exchange.
However, the Guardian now reports that Pochettino is not convinced that would be the right move. It is unclear why the Argentine may be against signing Vlahovic but it now appears a deal may longer materialise.
Vlahovic, a former target of Arsenal, joined Juve from Fiorentina in January 2022. He has scored 23 goals for the Old Lady in 63 appearances in all competitions.
Pochettino may look elsewhere for attacking reinforcement or he may settle for what he has got. Midfield is the area he is most keen to improve upon in the final weeks of the window.
Moises Caicedo remains his top target although Brighton are standing firm over their valuation of the player. The Seagulls want £100m for the Ecuador star and have already rejected multiple offers from the Blues.
Pochettino has made a couple of additions in attack already this summer if he chooses not to go through with a deal for Vlahovic. Christopher Nkunku had already agreed to move to Stamford Bridge last season and he has completed a £52m switch from RB Leipzig.
Nicolas Jackson has also arrived from Spanish side Villarreal for just under £32m. The Senegal international has impressed in pre-season, scoring in friendlies against Newcastle and Brighton.
If Chelsea decide against pursuing Vlahovic, it remains to be seen what that would mean for Lukaku. Juventus may not be able to afford the former Everton and Manchester United star if they are unable to bring in funds for Vlahovic.