Arsenal have reportedly won the race to sign 17-year Romelu Lukaku, who had been linked with just about every half decent club over the summer transfer window.
Now, just one week after Arsenal had confirmed interest in Lukaku, a confirmed deal looks ever more likely. The player-winning bid is apparently somewhere between £9.5m and £12.5m, but any overall payout may rise depending on appearances.
For a teenager, Lukaku’s scoring average is impressive for one relatively young in years, with an overall hit-rate of just under 50%. He is also the youngest goalscorer in European competiton and was top scorer in last season’s Belgian Superlig.
Ultimately this would be a lucrative deal for both player and club at first glance, with the only potential drawback being the fans’ patience versus Lukaku’s time needed to adapt to the pace and physicality of Premier League football. Nevertheless, Lukaku’s speed and skill has led to favourable comparisons with Didier Drogba – so why on earth should Arsenal shy away from closing the deal at a reasonable price?
The champagne however, may need to be kept on ice just a little longer, because there is a contradictory report from the YoungGuns blog indicating that although interest is confirmed, a deal is far from imminent, stating:
“Arsenal remain keen on the powerful front-man, but a move to Chelsea sooner rather than later is the general feeling in Belgium.
“The powerful, all action and clinical striker is valued at around €18 million euros; a dramatic hike on the initial €3 million The Gunners were prepared to pay a year ago. It seems certain Lukaku will be one of the stars of the future, but if his future does lay in London, it’s almost certainly in the West, and not the North.”
Goodness knows this transfer saga needs to be laid to rest…
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