Romelu Lukaku would not be loaned by Chelsea this summer; they would only sell him
The striker is reportedly in talks with Roma about a loan move to join Jose Mourinho’s squad for the season, according to Nizaar Kinsella, who is among many reporting this. However, the fact that there is not one taker for him on a permanent basis has forced out hand.
There is some merit in the fact that this keeps Lukaku off the practise pitch and off the payroll for the year. However, all it ensures is that we will be back in this circumstance in a year, with the bids we receive for him just getting lower and lower each time.
We should have sold him to Inter a year ago for whatever they would have paid—we might have received £50 million—rather than postponing the sale. We may never receive even half of it, it now seems.
The Giallorossi have established themselves as one of the favourites to sign the Belgian striker and have already initiated communication. According to Sky Italia, who is closely monitoring the issue, Ryan Friedkin and Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto will arrive in London today.
After their private aeroplane lands at Farnborough Airport later this evening, they will watch Chelsea’s Premier League match versus Luton Town from the stands and take advantage of the occasion to begin negotiations with the Blues for Lukaku. Lukaku’s fate is likely to be decided today, as Chelsea has made the option of loaning him out this summer available. Since the first contact was made today, discussions have formally started, and Roma is looking to sign the 30-year-old to a loan agreement.