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Chelsea hope for summer end to Lukaku problem

One of the residual issues that Chelsea management have to deal with is the long-term date of Romelu Lukaku, who remains under contract at the club until 2026, although he has spent the last two seasons back on loan in Italy.

That was first of all with his old club, Inter Milan, and, more latterly with Roma, who have just sacked Jose Mourinho as their manager.

Roma would like to make that move permanent, but, with Chelsea looking for ₤38 million for the striker, they are reluctant to meet that price.

However, now comes news that he could be tempted by a move to Saudi Arabia, a surprising development given that he turned down a chance to join a Pro League club before agreeing his loan move to Roma.

Judging by his comments after playing in a friendly in Riyad against Al-Shaddab, he seems to have moderated his stance considerably.

And that is good news for Chelsea, because if Roma cannot meet their asking price, Saudi clubs would have no such issues.

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