Chelsea set to make approach for £31m-rated Serie A defender

By | January 26, 2023

Chelsea have reportedly made a £31m opening offer for Inter Milan right-back Denzel Dumfries, amid interest from Manchester United.

Graham Potter is seeking reinforcements as a result of Reece James’s injury woes, whilst Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have failed to convince Erik ten Hag.

Italian outlet La Repubblica reports that the Blues have made the first move with a £31m bid, but that is likely to be rejected by the Italian club as they seek to start a bidding war.

The report states that Inter are looking for a fee of at least £48m to allow the Dutch international to leave, after his impressive World Cup campaign, but would prefer to keep the player until the summer.

The 26-year-old joined the Italian giants in 2021, after the departure of Achraf Hakimi, and is under contract until 2025 at San Siro.

The 42-cap international has featured 23 times so far this season, contributing to five goals.

Meanwhile, Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku is keen on to make permanent move to Inter Milan after his loan deal expires as he has no intentions to make a return to Stamford Bridge.