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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku set to sign season-long loan deal with Roma

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Romelu Lukaku is expected to formally sign his season-long loan deal with Roma today after undergoing a medical on Tuesday.

The move is a straight loan with a fee worth between £7m to £8m depending on performance-related conditions.

Roma will cover Lukaku’s wages after he agreed to a salary cut for the remaining three years of his Chelsea contract.

There is a release clause in his contract too, thought to be in the region of £38m.

Roma officials Ryan Friedkin and Tiago Pinto flew to London last weekend for face-to-face talks with Chelsea over a deal to bring Lukaku to the Italian capital for the season.

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.

Juventus held talks with Chelsea over the signing of Lukaku earlier this summer, while Inter were also keen on bringing the Belgium international back to Italy.

Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal were also interested in signing the 30-year-old, who signed for Chelsea from Inter for £97.5m in August 2021.

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