- Lukaku to join Roma on loan
- Striker reunited with Jose Mourinho
- Roma to pay £5m fee and £6m wages
WHAT HAPPENED? Roma have agreed to pay £5m to loan Lukaku for the season, according to The Telegraph. The Belgian striker has accepted a wage cut so that Chelsea will not have to cover any part of the £6m ($8m) salary he will earn in Rome.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: It was beginning to look like Lukaku would remain at Chelsea this season after he rejected moves to Inter, Juventus and Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal. Chelsea were desperate to sell the 30-year-old, but now at least they won't have him on the wage bill for the rest of the season.
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WHAT NEXT FOR LUKAKU? Lukaku will return to Italy and play under Mourinho, who coached him at Manchester United. The striker - who Chelsea signed from Inter for £97.5m ($135m) in 2021 - has had to agree to a further wage cut in the event that he returns to Chelsea after this season. He still has three years remaining on his contract.