Romelu Lukaku has completed a loan move from Chelsea to AS Roma after completing a one year return sting at Inter Milan.
Lukaku made a second return to Stamford Bridge after a bad first experience that saw him survive just a short spell at the North London club. Returning for a huge transfer and simultaneously becoming the club’s highest earner made Chelsea fans believed his second spell wearing Chelsea’s blue would be a remarkable one, but again, it turned sour.
This sad situation saw Chelsea loan him back to Inter Milan, same club they paid £97.5m ($123 million ) to re-sign the attacker. Fed up with the brouhaha surrounding were bent on selling Lukaku on a permanent transfer. Inter Milan were reportedly willing to accept him back to their San Siro stadium but news of Lukaku accepting personal terms with Milano’s arch rivals, Juventus leaked, making the club feel betrayed.
Juventus fans on the other hand were not pleased with the news of their club planning to acquire Lukaku. They staged protests on numerous occasions, asking the club not to sign him.
AS Roma were the next in line for Lukaku who was quick to accept personal term. Fabrizio Romano also reported an agreement between Chelsea and Roma for a loan move for Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku will earn approximately $8.15 million for the 10 months span he will be at AS Roma. Chelsea will also receive a fee that surpasses $5.43 million.
Lukaku will now reunite with Jose Mourinho for the third time. First was Mourinho signing him as a youngster to Chelsea, they cross path again when Mourinho signed him during his managerial stunt at Manchester United. This loan spell will mark the third time Mourinho is bring Romelo Lukaku to a club he manages.
Upon arrival in Rome, Lukaku received a very rousing reception with Roma fans out in their numbers to give a warm welcome and a pleasant environment.
Romelu Lukaku salary at AS Roma
Lukaku was the highest paid player in Chelsea alongside Raheem Sterling. The Belgian earned £325,000 ($410,000) weekly with a net salary of £16,900,000 ($21,345,000) per year.
However Lukaku has witnessed a significant decline in his salary as he looks to plight with AS Roma. Lukaku will earn £156,250 ($200,00) with a net salary of £7,500,000 ($9,500,00) at AS Roma. This is less than 50% of his salary for the past two seasons.
Lukaku will look to continue his fine form in the Italian Serie A where he scored 10 goals and recorded 6 assists in 25 appearances in the 2022/2023 season.