The Roma director reveals the behind-the-scenes look at how Jose Mourinho convinced Lukaku to move to the Olimpico


Roma have made one of the biggest moves in Serie A, taking Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku on loan.

The Belgian striker was first wanted by Inter, then by Milan and Juventus, but in the end Roma won the race for him.

Arab teams also showed interest in the Belgian, but he was determined to stay in European football.

Roma have taken Lukaku on a simple loan without the right to buy.

The director of Roma, Tiago Pinto, has revealed the background behind this move, saying that in June and July they were unlikely to sign him, but the intervention of Jose Mourinho made the Belgian attacker change his mind.


“We had no opportunity to get Lukaku in June or July, due to the fact that we are limited by Financial Fair Play.”

“The secret is always, wait for the right moment. In fact, Jose Mourinho talked to Lukaku and convinced him.”

“Then our owners started negotiations with Chelsea and the talks have lasted five days”, said Tiago Pinto.