Romelu Lukaku’s agent, Chelsea, is reportedly prepared to sell him for £37 million as Roma looks to raise money to buy the Belgian star.
Roma is eager to make Lukaku’s loan move permanent, and Chelsea is hoping to split ways with him in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to Standard. Chelsea is still planning to sell Lukaku, and they have set a £37 million price tag for the 30-year-old striker, despite his stellar play in recent games, which has seen him score nine goals in 14 games and four goals for Belgium against Azerbaijan in the Euro 2024 qualifier. However, Lukaku must consent to a hefty wage decrease for the transfer to go place. Despite the Blues’ recent transfer activity, he is now the team’s highest earner.
Jose Mourinho, the manager of Roma, is in favour of a permanent transfer, but there are still doubts about whether he will stay with the team. It has been reported that a number of Saudi Arabian teams are hoping to entice him to the Middle East when his current contract expires, having tried unsuccessfully to sign him last summer despite offering £104 million a year. According to reports, Antonio Conte, who was once at Inter, has shown promise as a successor for Lukaku.
However, as Roma needs money to finish the transfer, the agreement may be impacted by Roma’s eligibility for Europe and a possible sale of Tammy Abraham. The English forward is recovering from a chronic knee problem, and if he doesn’t score goals to clear the path for Lukaku, he might be dealt.
AC Milan is keeping an eye on the situation, and Juventus, who had previously expressed interest, may decide to rejoin the competition. However, Lukaku, who is still Chelsea’s highest-paid player, may have to cut his £325,000 weekly salary in order to pursue a move to Serie A.