Arsenal set to hijack Chelsea's Lukaku deal
Published 23:01 23/07/11 By Steve Stammers
Arsenal are set to hijack Chelsea’s move for giant Belgian Romelu Lukaku.
The Anderlecht striker, who is just 18, is valued at around £17.5m and it was thought his move to Chelsea was virtually a done deal.
But Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also been alerted to the potential of Lukaku, who is already a full Belgium international.
Lukaku has bagged 31 league goals in just 71 first team appearances for Anderlecht and is rated one of the hottest properties in Europe.
His arrival would hasten the departure of the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, who is wanted by Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and SV Hamburg.
Lukaku is also aware that his chances of playing regular first team football will be improved by a move to the Emirates. At Stamford Bridge, he would be down the pecking order behind the likes of Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.
Drogba, who is entering the final year of his contract, is Lukaku’s hero and the two have had conversations about his progress.
The teenager’s massive physique has prompted comparisons with the Chelsea striker.
But Anderlecht are adamant Lukaku’s success is not based on his stunning physique and prodigious power for one so young. They insist he can play the game as well.