Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of striker Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.

The Belgian international has long been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League, with the Blues heading a handful of clubs chasing the teenager's signature.

However, talkSPORT claims the player has 'agreed in principle' to stay with Anderlecht for another season in an effort to further develop in his homeland.

Dubbed 'the new Didier Drogba', the hype surrounding 18-year-old Lukaku has led to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid also taking an interest in the forward.

Chelsea have been favourites to sign the teenager for some time though, with new boss Andre Villas-Boas the latest Stamford Bridge chief to admit an admiration for the player.


TalkSPORT goes on to report that Chelsea were preparing to make a bid for the player in the transfer window, with previous reports this summer stating the player would cost in the region of £20 million.

The Blues will now have to take their interest elsewhere though, with Lukaku looking for extended playing time, something he was unlikely to be assured in west London given the attacking options at the disposal of the Chelsea manager.

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