Arsenal could use family connection to land Belgian starlet

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Arsenal reportedly hold the upper-hand in the growing race to sign Belgian starlet Romelu Lukaku.

The 17-year-old prodigy has been courted by the cream of Europe for a number of seasons now, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger one of the managers keen to bring the player to his club.

After spending a season at Brussels with their junior side, Lukaku moved to Anderlecht in 2006 and scored at a phenomenal rate in their youth sides. A senior debut came in 2009, and the striker already has Europa League and Champions League qualifying experience with the Purple and White.

Chelsea and Real Madrid have been heavily linked with the teenager in recent months, but the Daily Mail reports that Arsenal could now have the upper hand after taking a keen interest in younger brother Jordan Lukaku.

The left back also plays for Anderlecht, and the north London club have been keeping tabs on the Belgian U17 international as they look to strengthen their academy further.

Reports suggest that the Lukaku's parents are keen for the brothers to play together, even if they depart their native home with the Champions of the Belgian Pro League.

Frenchman Wenger has a reputation of bringing young talent to the Emirates and getting the best out of them, and could look to do the same with the brothers.

With four caps to his name already, Romelu Lukaku is undoubtedly one of the hottest properties in world football at the current time and the potential jewel in any deal. Arsenal will be keen to cultivate a move for the player, and could easily take his relative as part of a package to bring the player to the Gunners.

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