Report: Chelsea now considering trying to take 'amazing' Inter player after talks with Lukaku

Reports in Italy are suggesting Chelsea are tempted to make a bid for Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries.

According to Calcio Mercato, the Blues are considering making a move in light of developments that Romelu Lukaku is closer to moving the other way.

The Netherlands international joined the Nerazzurri less than a year ago, however he made an instant impression as the club looked to replace Achraf Hakimi.

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He scored five and assisted as many in the league as Inter looked to maintain a threat from out wide, with Dumfries often occupying the right wing-back role.

The 26-year-old has also made himself a staple of the national team, playing 34 times and scoring five since his debut in 2018. His performances at Euro 2020 caught the eye of a few, with pundit Ally McCoist describing him as “amazing to watch”.

With Inter reportedly only £4m away from agreeing a deal with Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku, the Blues may use this as bargaining power in their quest for Dumfries.

Calcio Mercato claim the Dutchman has impressed Premier League clubs with his “strength and physique” leading to Thomas Tuchel’s side expressing an interest in acquiring him.

They also claim that while the deals for Lukaku and Dumfries are different proposals, they could certainly influence each other as the clubs prepare to do business.

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If Dumfries accepts that he faces competition at Stamford Bridge with one of the best right-backs in world football, the signing would feel like a no brainer for the Blues to complete.

With rumours of Azpilicueta leaving, it’s difficult to see a back up to Reece James if he departs, meaning an injury similar to last seasons could leave Chelsea scrambling for answers.

With Dumfries praised for his physical attributes, it would appear he holds a lot of similar qualities to the 22-year-old England international, which could mean utilising one or the other may not disrupt the system too much in the important wing-back roles.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.