Premier League giants Chelsea face a fresh Romelu Lukaku conundrum as Jose Mourinho’s departure casts doubt on the £37 million deal with Roma, as per Goal.com, which could result in the Belgian striker returning back to London in the summer.
Mourinho's Exit: A Blow to Chelsea's Lukaku Deal
The Blues’ hopes of finalizing the permanent deal for Lukaku face uncertainty now that Mourinho has left Roma. The agreement, set to formalize in the summer of 2024, now hangs in the balance, creating a headache for Chelsea as they navigate Financial Fair Play [FFP] constraints.
The Portuguese manager, who has worked with Lukaku three times, wanted the Belgian to spearhead the attack for Roma after the successful loan spell at Stadio Olimpico.
The 30-year-old forward has previously expressed his desire of not willing to return to Stamford Bridge, while Chelsea deem Lukaku surplus to requirements despite major striker issues this season. Nicolas Jackson and Armando Broja both have failed to score on a regular basis, with Christopher Nkunku struggling with fitness since the start of the campaign.
De Rossi's Challenge: Lukaku's Struggle for Roma Stay
With Roma legend Daniele De Rossi taking the managerial reins, Lukaku's future at the Giallorossi becomes uncertain. The Belgian international must impress De Rossi to secure his Serie A spot. If unsuccessful, Lukaku, still under contract with Chelsea for two more years, could find himself back in the Premier League.
Lukaku's Decisive Season: Impressive Despite Uncertainties
Despite the swirling doubts surrounding his summer move, Lukaku has delivered an impressive performance at Roma, scoring 14 goals in 24 matches in all competitions this term. The striker's consistency, especially in the Europa League group stages, underscores his value. As he faces Hellas Verona on January 20, Lukaku's journey under the new Italian boss begins a crucial chapter in determining his future beyond this season.