Report: Chelsea target ‘offered to Arsenal’ in exchange for £34m Gunners defender
It is being reported that Arsenal are being offered the chance to sign Chelsea target Stefan de Vrij from Inter Milan.
According to Calcio Mercato Web, the Nerazzurri are keen to replace the Dutchman with Arsenal’s Gabriel, opening up potential for a swap deal.
The 30-year-old has been reported to be looking to leave Inter this summer, despite making 41 appearances in all competitions for Simone Inzaghi’s side last season.
The Blues were reported to be interested in the Netherlands international, with them hoping to use the imminent Romelu Lukaku move back to Italy as potential leeway to secure their man.
Thomas Tuchel is desperate for defensive reinforcements this summer, after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s decisions not to remain at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have most prominently been linked with Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, however a potential late hijack from Barcelona could see them looking to Italy for a potential investment.
Unfortunately for Todd Boehly and co, any move for De Vrij could be in danger, with Calcio Mercato claiming the Italian side are to offer him to the Gunners in exchange for Brazilian Gabriel.
According to the Italian source, the club value the defender at around £34m, with them believing they could lower the fee by sending De Vrij the other way.
The 24-year-old joined Mikel Arteta’s side in 2020, appearing 35 times in the league last season.
It is unlikely accept this proposal for their man, with Gabriel likely to be key to their long-term future at the back.
As for Chelsea, they should first look to get the Jules Kounde deal over the line, with their reputation at stake.
Losing out on a deal that has been expected for over a year to a Barcelona team who are still way off the pace at the top of La Liga would be a massive blow at the worst possible time, with Boehly’s ownership in its early stages.