To be brutally honest this is one story that we are a little bit tired of here in the Tavern, it just seems to run on and on. Well one of the ‘classy’ and ‘proper’ newspapers The Telegraph has updated us today on the latest news with Belgian Romelu Lukaku.
This is one of those transfer that has been protracted and has taken various twists and turns and with a whole host of different clubs showing interest, it now seems that the latest problem is that Chelsea are starting to haggle over the price for the player. Their refusal to be flexible over the deal could result in them missing out on the player, and could see Lukaku miss out on his dream move.
The striker was born in Antwerp, and joined the Anderlecht youth academy when he was 16, and he soon made his debut for the side. He featured a lot in the 09-10 season and was a prolific goal scorer, and again this season his scoring form has been excellent. In 2 seasons he has made 58 appearances and in that time he has managed to score 27 goals, he has often been dubbed the ‘new Didier Drogba’.
During his time playing for Anderlecht, he has been linked with numerous clubs, but the one that the player would most like to sign for is Chelsea in order to play with his hero Didier Drogba – he has admitted to having Chelsea posters on his bedroom wall he is such a big fan.
Arsenal and Manchester City were closely linked to the player in January 2011 and some reports claimed the deal was so far along that there was in fact an agreement in place to take him to Eastlands this however was refuted and it appeared that in fact there was no agreement.
The core of the problem is that Anderlecht have put a price of £17million on the player, and press reports today suggest that Chelsea are unwilling to meet that price and are only willing to offer half. This could open the door to Manchester City and other clubs, even though Lukaku himself prefers Stamford Bridge as a destination.
Chelsea sources reveal that the club are still confident of signing the player and coming to an agreement in terms of fee, but it may give hope to competitors who will be watching on to see if the deal falls through. I still expect the player to wind up playing for the London side in the near future and I am sure that Carlo Ancelotti will try to get this deal done, money clearly isn’t a problem, I suspect that the Chelsea hierarchy are trying to ensure the best possible deal before they up their bid, but other clubs will be keeping a close eye on this one in case the bid falls apart!
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