Romelu Lukaku: Chelsea’s out-of-favour striker closes in on Roma loan move

Lukaku made 25 appearances for Inter last season, scoring 10 goals

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is set to join Serie A side Roma on a season-long loan.

There are still some details to be finalised but the agreement for the 30-year-old Belgian to go back to Italy is essentially done.

Inter Milan had hoped Lukaku would return to the club where he spent last season on loan.

But the forward was unhappy coach Simone Inzaghi did not start him in the Champions League final.

Juventus were also keen to sign Lukaku but were unable to make the changes required to their squad.

The move to Roma means Lukaku will be reunited with Jose Mourinho, who persuaded him to join Manchester United ahead of Chelsea when he moved to the Old Trafford outfit from Everton in 2017.

Lukaku moved back to Chelsea from Inter Milan for £97.5m in August 2021 on a five-year-deal for his second spell at Stamford Bridge, but is not part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans and has been training away from the first team.

“When he is conditioned and fit he is a real handful,” former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club

“He has had a brilliant career but, at 30, he has to prove himself again.

“The Chelsea thing is baffling in some respects, that he seemed to be frozen out and Chelsea have a striker crisis, yet they weren’t bringing him back into the fold which was slightly odd.”


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