Chelsea have turned down an initial loan approach from Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Following a meeting on Wednesday between parties, Inter asked for the availability of Lukuku, whose priority is to re-sign with the Nerazzurri, and Koulibaly, who only joined Chelsea from Napoli last summer.
However, the Blues made their stance clear: they are currently not accepting the idea of a loan deal for Koulibaly nor Lukaku, who woud prefer to sell instead.
For now, it remains unlikely that Inter can off a deal for the Chelsea duo, but more meetings are expected to take place to get a definite answer.
This may lead to Thomas Tuchel’s side Bayern Munich perhaps taking the lead, who have listed Koulibaly as a possible target, whilst also attracting interest from Saudi Arabia.
Chelsea are also interested in signing Inter goalkeeper André Onana - however the topic of the 27-year-old wasn’t discussed in the first meeting.
Report by Nathan Gissing