Former Roma manager Fabio Capello shared his thoughts on the Giallorossi’s pursuit of Romelu Lukaku.
As the capital club continue to be locked into negotiations with Chelsea, Capello was asked about Lukaku’s fit within Jose Mourinho’s team this season.
More specifically, Capello was asked to compare Lukaku’s potential signing with Gabriel Batistuta’s in 2000.
“Roma in those years had begun planning to get to the title,” said Capello in an interview with Il Messaggero. “Emerson and Samuel arrived before Gabriel. Bati was the final, decisive element of the puzzle.”
“Lukaku, like him, is one of those players who make the difference. Especially physically. In today’s football, certain players shift the balance: just look at City, who reached the top with someone like Haaland.”
“I don’t see Lukaku working in a duo with Belotti. And I found strange how Belotti went scoreless all of last season. He’d always been a proven goal-scorer.”
“Lukaku’s impact will depend on how he trained over the summer. With that physique it is not easy to find the right condition immediately.”