Romano confirms Chelsea exit with full agreement in place for Pochettino outcast

Ben Stewart
Romelu Lukaku is on his way to Roma.
Romelu Lukaku is on his way to Roma.

Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that a deal is in place for Roma to take Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku on loan for the season.

It’s no secret that Chelsea have been looking to move Lukaku on all summer and they have managed to shift a significant portion of his wages off their books for the season.

Earlier today it became clear that Roma were pushing hard to complete the deal and a full agreement has since been reached.

In an ideal world, Chelsea would have sold Lukaku on a permanent basis, but moves to Juventus and Saudi Arabia fell through for different reasons.

Chelsea will now save a significant amount of money on Lukaku’s wages as Romano took to Twitter to confirm the details of the transfer.

“Romelu Lukaku to AS Roma, here we go!” Romano confirmed. “Agreement reached on loan deal valid until June 2024 — player will travel to Roma on Tuesday.

“Salary coverage around €7.5m for 10 months. Loan fee higher than €5m. Green light arrived also on player side. Done deal.”

There’s no doubt that Lukaku’s return to Chelsea has not gone to plan, but he will have the chance to reinvent himself at Roma.

While the Belgium forward does have his doubters, his goalscoring record in Italy has always been consistent.

Even during an injury-hit campaign for Inter Milan last season he still averaged a goal contribution every 104 minutes.

The 30-year-old striker will get the chance to work with Jose Mourinho once again and this could be a move which suits all parties.

Lukaku clearly wasn’t in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans for the future as he had been forced to train with the club’s U21 squad.

Nicolas Jackson is seen as the main man at Stamford Bridge these days and the forward recently got off the mark with his first goal for the club against Luton.

Chelsea’s new-look squad is built around the upcoming stars of the future and Lukaku seemingly has no role to play within this fresh group.

Pochettino will surely be pleased to get this transfer saga over and done with as he can now turn his full attention to the players at his disposal.

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