Chelsea are in talks with Roma over a loan move for Romelu Lukaku, talkSPORT understands.
The Blues are willing to sanction a season-long loan after being unable to sell Lukaku.
Former employers Inter pulled out of transfer talks earlier in the summer after his advisers held secret talks with Juventus.
And a move to join the Old Lady appears to have fallen through with fans storming their own pitch in protest against the signing.
But his future could still be in Serie A, with Roma willing to bring him to the Italian capital until the end of the 2023/24 campaign.
Chelsea are keen to get him off their wage bill, with the 30-year-old the club’s highest earner on a salary of £325,000-a-week.
Should he link up with the Giallorossi, he would be reunited with Jose Mourinho.
It was the Special One who brought the Belgium international to Old Trafford from Everton in 2017 for an initial £75million plus a potential £15m in add-ons.
And the pair also worked together at Chelsea during Mourinho’s second spell at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho has hinted at a possible move for Lukaku amid rumours of a potential transfer following Roma’s signing of Sardar Azmoun.
He said in Friday’s press conference ahead of the clash against Verona: “When the director proposed Azmoun to me, he told me that another one is coming.
“If the other is a quality striker… [Andrea] Belotti, Azmoun and another, we have good options in attack.
“I’m quietly waiting. Now I’m thinking about tomorrow, we’ve worked on this, and we hope.”
Speaking in his own press conference regarding Lukaku’s future, Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “At the moment we are relaxed and nothing happened.
“If something changes we will inform you. If the player and club’s wish is to find a solution, it’s not me, it’s them.
“In that case, the player and the club will meet and inform me that things have changed.
“I’m not going to move until the club or the player wants to talk with me. I am here, I accept the situation that was here when I arrived.
“The future can change things. Life can change. I saw Jurgen Klopp say I’m not going to be in this business when we should pay £100million, and then they offered £100m for Moises Caicedo and he said: ‘Oh, I made a mistake.’
“That is the same situation. In football, the dynamic is fast and changes and we need to move on.
“Today, nothing has changed. If something changes we will adapt to the situation.”
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