HomeTRANSFERSChelsea Have 'No Plans to Keep' £37m Player, Says Fabrizio Romano

Chelsea Have ‘No Plans to Keep’ £37m Player, Says Fabrizio Romano

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Chelsea Have ‘No Plans to Keep’ £37m Player, Says Fabrizio Romano
Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea to AS Roma, has been in exceptional form, scoring 11 goals in various competitions since joining the Stadio Olimpico.

Despite Lukaku’s impressive performances, Fabrizio Romano has reported on Substack that Chelsea has no intention of retaining him. The club is expected to sell the striker next summer, with a reported asking price of £37 million.

Chelsea lacks the option to recall Lukaku from his ongoing loan at Roma. Even if the club wanted to address their forward issues in January, they would be unable to bring the Belgian back.

Considering Mauricio Pochettino’s ability to persuade Lukaku to stay, Chelsea might contemplate retaining him. The team faces a striker dilemma with inexperienced and inconsistent options in Nicolas Jackson and Armando Broja, and Lukaku could provide a solution as one of Europe’s top goalscorers.

However, Lukaku’s reluctance to be at Stamford Bridge, evident in his recent loan moves to Roma and Inter Milan, poses a challenge.

Chelsea, too, does not view him as a viable option, having signed Jackson in the last transfer window and expressing interest in acquiring a new No. 9 like Brentford’s Ivan Toney in January.

Ultimately, keeping Lukaku would be a sensible decision if he expressed a willingness to return and stay in west London, particularly if Chelsea faces challenges securing one of their top striker targets. However, if Lukaku remains uninterested, compelling the former Inter and Manchester star to stay may not be worthwhile.

Chelsea Have ‘No Plans to Keep’ £37m Player, Says Fabrizio Romano

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