Manchester City have joined the race to sign Romelu Lukaku, despite the young star’s agent meeting with Arsenal over the weekend, according to the Metro.
Lukaku has long been a target for Chelsea, with pundits nicknaming the 18-year-old the next Didier Drogba for his amazing talent at such a young age. Lukaku has starred for Anderlecht over the last two years, scoring 31 goals in 71 appearances, and has featured in the Belgium international squad nine times.
With these performances under his belt, Lukaku has attracted interest from numerous Barclays Premier League clubs, though Chelsea were thought to be front runners.
New developments occurred over the weekend though, with Arsenal emerging as a surprise destination for the star, as Arsene Wenger looks to desperately build his squad into a title-winning force.
While Arsenal have been particularly unwilling to fork out big cash for new players in the past, with Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas trying to exit the club this summer, Wenger knows he needs to show an intent to challenge for trophies next season.
But Manchester City could steal the march on their rivals, and rub salt into Arsenal’s wounds after snaring Gael Clichy from the London club, by offering £18 million for the starlet. Arsenal and Chelsea have also reportedly made ‘concrete offers’ for Lukaku’s signature, but City is hopeful that they can outbid their rivals and snare the starlet.
Lukaku played down talk of a possible move to Manchester City, or any other club for that matter, insisting he was remaining calm and not getting swept up in the hype.
“I’m keeping a cool head,” Lukaku said.
“Normally I train and I play my game. If I thought too much or if I was holding back, it would be the best way to hurt me.”