Roma Strike Deal with Chelsea to Sign Lukaku on Loan

The whole Roma brass flew to London to negotiate with Chelsea, and they’ll return to Italy with Romelu Lukaku. The two teams put the finishing touches on the negotiation that was already well underway. The striker will arrive in the Italian capital on the private plane of owner Dan Friedkin Tuesday evening, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

The Giallorossi will pay €5.8M as the fee for the loan. The marksman agreed to reduce his wages to €7.5M to comply with their financial parameters. The club will enjoy some fiscal benefits, limiting the gross cost, thus permitting a higher net sum than their other stars.

Part of the Roma hierarchy spent multiple days in England to further the Lukaku talks. The friendship between the two owners, who are both American entrepreneurs, helped smooth over the hurdles. Chelsea had so far refused to accept such a formula. They caved in the end, as it was the only way for him to depart.

The Belgian international giving up part of his €11M salary led to the Blues lowering their request about the initial disbursement. According to Corriere dello Sport, the English team inserted a €43M release clause in his contract, which could be enticing if Lukaku fared well with Roma this season. He has two more years on it.

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