A sensational report from Italy claims that new Chelsea boss Graham Potter’s priority in the transfer market would be to buy Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.
Perhaps even more sensational, but also logical given that Antonio Conte is Tottenham boss, is the claim within the report that Serie A star Romelu Lukaku, on loan to Inter Milan from Chelsea, would be part of the weight.
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The problem, according to Calcio Mercato, is that Inter have the option to extend Lukaku’s loan for one year.
Let’s delve into the juiciness as this international break waits to give us more, you know, real football.
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Harry Kane to Chelsea: Why it won’t happen, but it could
Let’s start here: Harry Kane will cost someone a lot of money on the market, and it would be crazy to think Tottenham wouldn’t add a massive inconvenience fee if fate had to be hated by London rivals Chelsea.
Even though Todd Boehly has been willing to spend all sorts of money to show that the Blues aren’t going to become an afterthought now that Roman Abramovich is gone, the cost would have to dwarf what Chelsea played in Manchester City for. Raheem Sterling. Yes, Sterling is younger than Kane, but the latter is the England captain.
That said, the injured Lukaku is just over a year away from having a monster year with Conte as Inter broke Juventus’s long hold. insignia.
Lukaku, who turned 29 in May, posted 34-goal and 28-goal seasons for Inter before joining Chelsea for 13 goals last season. He has a goal and an assist in three games since he went on loan to Inter.
Kane is two months younger than Lukaku and a more proven Premier League product, a player who threatens to chase down Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney for the most goals in league history.
He has scored over 20 Premier League goals in five different seasons and has scored six goals in seven games this season. He scored 27 with 10 assists in all competitions last season.
Conte is the wild card here. He has immense power at Tottenham and could bring the move closer to the line if he (and manager Fabio Paratici) desperately wanted Lukaku to be the piece that pushes Tottenham to the brink of title glory.
All that said, seeing Lukaku hit a third piece of the Big Six, like Sterling before him, would be a truly captivating story.
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