Liverpool and Chelsea ‘knocking on the door’ of Europe’s hottest €30m property

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The agent of Belgian boy wonder Romelu Lukaku insists that Europe's top clubs remain on the trail of his 17-year-old protege, but has conceded his asking price may be too high.

The highly rated Anderlecht striker is one of the most hotly-pursued youngsters in European football and is regarded as one of the most exciting teenage prospects on the continent.

Unsurprisingly, the Belgian striker has been the subject of intense interest from a number of potential suitors with Liverpool and Chelsea most heavily linked with summer bids.

"Europe's top clubs are interested," said the player's representative Christophe Henrotay.

"Barcelona inquired, but at the asking price they would rather go for a Spanish player.

"If Romelu only cost six million, then he would have gone there (to Barcelona). The problem is that for many clubs, he has been too expensive.


"Up to now, there have been two written offers but at the end of the season, I expect that many clubs will be knocking on our door."

It was reported in January that an offer came from England for the player's services, and whilst it was never confirmed which club made the bid it's known that Damien Comolli, director of football with Liverpool, is a big admirer of the player.

Kenny Dalglish has hinted at a number of personnel changes at Liverpool this summer, with another striker thought to be on the Scot's agenda despite the arrival of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll at Anfield.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has also been repeatedly linked with a move for the strike sensation, amidst increased pressure from Blues owner Roman Abramovich to freshen up an ageing squad at Stamford Bridge.

Anderlecht are reportedly holding out for a fee in the region of £25 million for their prized asset and - with their significant financial clout - Chelsea would seemingly be the favourites for Lukaku's highly-coveted signature.

However, Liverpool are not thought to have given up on the 6ft 3in forward and are said to be monitoring the situation closely.

Were the Merseysiders able to land Lukaku ahead of their rivals, it would be seen as a major coup and prove the club's desire to invest in youth at Anfield.

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