Romelu Lukaku set to reunite with Jose Mourinho at AS Roma

Romelu Lukaku is set to complete a loan move from Chelsea to AS Roma which would see him reunite with his old boss, Jose Mourinho.

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Romelu Lukaku is set to return to Serie A from Chelsea as he agreed a deal to be signed as an AS Roma player on a 10 month loan. This transfer would see him reunite with his former boss at Manchester United and Chelsea, Jose Mourinho.

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Lukaku To Roma

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TALLINN, ESTONIA - JUNE 20: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying round group E match between Estonia and Belgium at A. Le Coq Arena on June 20, 2023 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Chelsea have agreed a season-long loan deal with Roma for Romelu Lukaku. AS Roma will pay higher than £5m to borrow the striker for 10 months, putting a hold to Lukaku's transfer saga for a while but not permanently.

Despite having a proven goal-scoring record, Lukaku has found it difficult to find a club after having interests from Juventus, Inter Milan and other clubs from the Saudi Professional League.

There is no obligation for Roma to make the deal permanent but they will cover the Belgian's salary totalling £7m over 10 months. It has been claimed that Lukaku is on £325,000 a week but is prepared to sign for Roma for £7m which is much less than his reported £17 million salary.

The uncertainty surrounding Lukaku, who joined Chelsea for £97.5m in 2021 but scored only eight Premier League goals in 26 games before being loaned out to Inter last season, has hung over the early weeks of Mauricio Pochettino's time in charge. The manager hinted last week that he would be willing to consider reintegrating the Belgium international into his squad if no deal for him to leave could be reached before Friday's transfer deadline.

Before Roma showed some interest, it was believed that Juventus were ready to offer the striker £12 million per year but talks eventually broke down.

Lukaku spent last season on loan at Inter Milan after he fell out of favour at Chelsea following a controversial interview in which he said he was not happy under former head coach Thomas Tuchel.

The striker was keen on a return to Italy and was happy to go to Rome because of his desire to work with manager Jose Mourinho again.

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