Roma agree loan deal with Chelsea for Lukaku

Roma have agreed terms with Chelsea over a season-long loan deal for striker Romelu Lukaku.

Roma officials Ryan Friedkin and Tiago Pinto flew to London for face-to-face talks over the weekend with Chelsea over a deal to bring Lukaku to the Italian capital for the season.

And the clubs have now made a breakthrough over a straight loan deal, with a loan fee thought to be in the region of £8m.

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Lukaku spent last season on loan at Inter Milan after he fell out of favour at Chelsea following a controversial interview in which he said he was not happy under former head coach Thomas Tuchel.

The striker was keen on a return to Italy and was happy to go to Rome because of his desire to work with manager Jose Mourinho again.

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Juventus held talks with Chelsea over the signing of Lukaku earlier this summer, while Inter were also keen on bringing the Belgium international back to Italy.

Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal were also interested in signing the 30-year-old, who signed for Chelsea from Inter for £97.5m in August 2021.

Bayern make contact over Chalobah

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior, left, shoots the ball next to Chelsea's Trevoh Chalobah during the Champions League quarter final first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Chelsea at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Real Madrid won 2-0. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)

Bayern Munich have made initial contact with Chelsea over the signing of defender Trevoh Chalobah.

Chalobah is seen as a possible replacement for Benjamin Pavard. Inter Milan are also working on a deal to sign the French international.

11 March 2023, Bavaria, Munich: Soccer, Bundesliga, FC Bayern M'nchen - FC Augsburg, Matchday 24 at Allianz Arena. Benjamin Pavard of Munich celebrates his goal to make it 3:1. Photo by: Sven Hoppe/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

If a deal can be agreed with Chelsea over Chalobah, the decision will rest with the player.

Chalobah has five years left on his contract with the option of a further 12 months.

Meanwhile, midfielder Lesley Ugochukwu is expected to stay part of the first team squad.

Chelsea were considering loaning him to Strasbourg for the season.

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