The Belgian striker, who was loaned from Inter Milan last season, is joining the ranks at AS Roma for next season. Romelu Lukaku is still under contract with Chelsea.
Belgium international Romelu Lukaku has joined AS Roma from Chelsea on loan, according to the Italian Football League website on Wednesday.
The terms of this loan are not specified and AS Roma has not yet formalized the loan.
According to the Italian press, Chelsea, his club from 2021 that paid Inter Milan 115 million euros to bring him in, will recover between 5.8 and 7 million euros in operations.
Negotiations between Chelsea and Roma in London, led directly by the Italian club’s American owner-chairman Dan Friedkin, were prolonged, particularly over the question of salary, with Lukaku eventually accepting a cut in his emoluments to receive the same 7.5%. million euros per year.
The 30-year-old Lukaku returns to Serie A, where he spent last season in the jersey of Inter Milan (43 matches, 21 goals), the club he already played for between 2019 and 2021.
With Lukaku, whom he had already managed when he coached Chelsea and Manchester United, Roma coach Jose Mourinho was recognized as a licensed goalscorer (352 goals in 694 matches in all competitions since his professional debut in 2008). Got hands, which weighs heavily on the opposing defense. with its physical effects.
His arrival in Rome was announced for several days, causing a wave of excitement among Roma supporters, who saw the Paulo Dybala/Lukaku association present him with the title of champion.
Thus, some 5,000 people were excited to welcome him upon his arrival at Ciampino airport on Tuesday evening.
Even if there is an emergency for Roma, who have only one point in two matches (13th) and who receive leader AC Milan on Friday, they will officially see “Big Rome” wearing their club jerseys. Will have to wait. matches, possibly after the window of international matches in September.
His last match came against Belgium in mid-June and he did not feature in Chelsea’s preparation matches for the 2023–24 season, with Mauricio Pochettino deciding not to include him in his workforce upon his arrival.
The loan ends one of the main soap operas of the transfer window in Italy: after turning his back on Inter Milan, with whom he played in the 2023 Champions League final, Lukaku has been announced on a long-term move to Juventus Turin. was, as before landing in Rome, part of talks with Dusan Vlahovic, his seventh club since his debut.