Chelsea have agreed a unprecedented deal in precept for Romelu Lukaku to affix Roma on loan for the season.
Following virtually 4 days of intense negotiations, Chelsea, Roma and Lukaku have discovered an settlement that can see him return to Italy with contracts being finalised on Monday night.
In what’s a extremely sophisticated deal, Chelsea will obtain a loan charge of greater than £5million with Lukaku agreeing to take a wage lower in order that the Blues is not going to must make any contribution to his wage whereas he’s in Rome. He will likely be reunited with Jose Mourinho, the Roma supervisor, following the pair’s spell at Manchester United again in 2018.
Lukaku will earn simply over £6m throughout his season at Roma, however has additionally needed to agree to an extra lower ought to he return to Chelsea in 12 months.
Chelsea had been intent on promoting Lukaku this summer time, till the Belgian turned down a transfer to Saudi Arabia, successfully sabotaged a swap to Inter Milan after which determined he didn’t need to be a part of Juventus.
That pressured Chelsea to think about a loan deal, however they’ve been adamant that they won’t go away themselves open to paying Lukaku enormous sums once more ought to he return to the membership subsequent summer time, when he would have two years remaining on his contract.
Roma is seen as a final probability for Lukaku in Europe amid perception that he will likely be pressured to go to Saudi subsequent yr if his newest loan spell in Italy shouldn’t be successful.
Chelsea turned down bids of £23m and £26m from Inter Milan earlier in the window, whereas Al-Hilal provided considerably extra, however Lukaku didn’t need to transfer to Saudi Arabia this summer time.
Clinching a deal for Lukaku to go away, even briefly, will likely be an enormous reduction for Chelsea and the membership will attempt to signal a brand new offensive participant earlier than the switch window shuts on the finish of this week.
Chelsea made checks on Sporting Lisbon’s Marcus Edwards, who Mauricio Pochettino nicknamed ‘mini Messi’ at Tottenham, just a few weeks in the past however nothing transpired, whereas curiosity may very well be revived in Raphinha, who moved to Barcelona as a substitute of Chelsea final summer time.
Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe has additionally been linked with Chelsea and Pochettino has made it clear that he would really like a brand new offensive participant to be Premier League prepared.