Inter boss Simone Inzaghi reacts to Romelu Lukaku's imminent transfer to Roma

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Inter manager Simone Inzaghi weighed in on Romelu Lukaku's imminent transfer to Roma after his side's 2-0 win over Cagliari.
  • Lukaku snubbed Inter
  • Set to join Roma
  • Inzaghi backs him to shine in Rome

WHAT HAPPENED? The Chelsea and Belgium forward is on the verge of completing a move back to Italy, with Jose Mourinho keen to get him on a loan deal to the capital club. It has been a long transfer saga with several twists and turns as Lukaku reportedly turned down the chance to make his loan move to Inter permanent and targeted a switch to Juventus, before setting his heart on Roma as he felt that the Bianconeri took too long to thrash out a deal.

WHAT THEY SAID: When Inzaghi was asked to comment on Lukaku's proposed loan move to Roma, the Inter boss told DAZN: "As far as Lukaku is concerned, Roma have made an excellent signing, for the rest I am very satisfied with my players, with the values they bring to the Inter family."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Lukaku must take a sizeable pay cut to complete his transfer to Roma as his wages, which are believed to be around £325,000 per week, are too high for them to pay in full. Mourinho remains eager to link-up with the striker again after their stint together at Manchester United and is "quietly waiting" to see how Roma reinforce their attack before the summer window closes. 

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WHAT NEXT? Lukaku looks set to leave Stamford Bridge after a disappointing second spell with Chelsea. The striker has agreed to a lower salary in order to join Roma, who are set to pay the Blues a £5m loan fee for his services.