Juventus fans invade pitch and protest against signing of Romelu Lukaku

A group of Juventus fans stormed the pitch at the Allianz Stadium as a form of protest against the potential signing of Romelu Lukaku.

The Bianconeri have been strongly linked with the Chelsea striker, who has fallen out of favor at his current club. However, the supporters are opposed to the deal due to Lukaku’s previous association with Inter Milan.

Lukaku joined Inter in 2019 and became a pivotal figure, netting 64 goals in 95 matches and contributing to their Serie A triumph under the leadership of Antonio Conte.

After a disappointing second stint at Chelsea, during which they had paid a substantial fee of £97.5 million for his services, Lukaku returned to Inter on loan for the previous season.

With Mauricio Pochettino confirming Lukaku’s exclusion from his plans, Juventus officials have been exploring the possibility of rescuing him from his challenges at Stamford Bridge by offering him an escape route to Juventus.

But in the 8-0 win against their reserve side on Wednesday, the club supporters made their opposition known, storming the pitch to chant, “Don’t sign Lukaku!”.

It follows on from a banner telling the Belgian to avoid joining the club. The Curva Sud group unveiled the message, which read “Lukaku stay in Milan, we already have a second goalkeeper.”

That particular comment was in reference to his him blocking Federico Dimarco’s goal-bound effort in the Champions League final defeat against Manchester City.

Anti-Lukaku chants had already broken it in the stands before a large number of fans made their way onto the playing surface and led to stewards forming a shield near the tunnel.

Juventus fans invade pitch and protest against signing of Romelu Lukaku

Striker Dusan Vlahovic scored in the rout amid links he could be heading to Chelsea as part of a deal for Lukaku. The latest from Fabrizio Romano is that Chelsea have “no intention” of doing a deal whereby Vlahovic is used as a makeweight.

Lukaku was recently approached by an Inter fan who told him to refrain from saying ‘Forza Juventus” if he signs for the Turin outfit.

In response, Lukaku replied: “No no never. I don’t think the deal will go through.”

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