Roma are preparing for the likely event that Romelu Lukaku will no longer be with them next season. Despite a rumored gentleman’s agreement with Chelsea, it’d still be a very large investment, especially for a side that has to navigate Financial Fair Play problems, La Gazzetta dello Sport relays (via Fantacalcio).

The Giallorossi might not even make an attempt. It’ll take around €80M to keep him in town. Tammy Abraham is expected to return from his ACL tear in a month. If he shows well, he’ll resume being the top option next season. He’s under contract till 2026. His wages are a lot more manageable.

Roma will bring in another striker if Lukaku doesn’t stay and will likely go young. Andrea Belotti is on his way out. Serdar Azmoun joined on loan with a robust option to buy from Bayer Leverkusen.

The Giallorossi are intrigued by Hugo Ekitiké, who’s not playing a lot at PSG. They are hoping the French side doesn’t sell him outright late in the window. He has a very low salary. They prefer spending on a talent rather than on a veteran. His price tag could be around €15M. He has made just one appearance this season.

Our Take on Roma, Lukaku, and Etikité

While it’s more likely than not that the Belgian won’t continue in the Italian capital given his cost and their financial struggles, every rumor about their future moves is moot until they hire a new sporting director.

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