Juventus sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli has confirmed that Chelsea made an attempt to sign Dusan Vlahovic in the summer transfer window. The 23-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with Mauricio Pochettino in the market for a new striker.
However, a switch to west London failed to materialise so the Blues signed turned their attention to Nicolas Jackson instead. While the former Villarreal star has shown glimpses of promise, he's struggled to find the net since arriving in the Premier League picking up more yellow cards than he has scored goals.
As for Vlahovic, he's enjoyed a fantastic start to the season; the Serbia international has featured six times for the Old Lady in the Serie A so far this term, scoring four and providing one assist. Chelsea's poor start to the English top-flight campaign could have been all so different had they met Juventus' demands.
«There was an offer from Chelsea for Vlahovic,» Giuntoli told La Repubblica, as quoted by Football Italia. «We didn’t want to sell Dusan, but given certain numbers we would have accepted. Chelsea never reached that figure and the exchange [with Romelu Lukaku] never took place.»
Then, Giuntoli spoke on the financial difficulties which the Italian giants have faced in recent years and how Victor Osimhen could have ended up in the Premier League. The Juventus chief said: «When you don’t have more money than others, the difference is the spirit.
»As for scouting, I found great professionalism here. Today in football everyone knows everything, it’s difficult to beat others to the punch and do business at low costs.
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