Chelsea have not made any official offers for Didier Drogba protege Romelu Lukaku, according to his owners, despite rumours that both Andre Villas Boas and the Belgian himself are interested in a deal.
The young striker was lined up to join Chelsea with a view to eventually replacing Didier Drogba, who, at 33, is in the later part of his career at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku, 18, has been compared to the Ivorian striker becuase of his height, strength, and scoring ability, but his current club Anderlecht denied that their had been any official bids for the Belgian, who has already played for his country at senior level on nine occasions.
A spokesman for Anderlecht, where Lukaku has scored 31 goals, said: "There's no news on Lukaku. There has not been a bid from Chelsea or anyone and he's still an Anderlecht player."
But the youngster is a big fan of the west London club, and Villas-Boas would be happy to take him on at Chelsea, according to talkSPORT.
For his part, Drogba was flattered by the comparison to the Belgian teenager, but remained unperturbed by the prospect of his younger rival arriving at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “Lukaku is very good. I’m really proud that people now compare strikers with me. To be the reference for other strikers is very enjoyable.
“I’m not going to play until I’m 80, so I know there will be a time when a younger player will come and take my place.
“That’s how I came here as well. I was young and I took someone else’s place."