Arsenal chase teenage Belgian sensation

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Arsenal are amongst a handful of top european clubs monitoring Belgian youngster Romelu Lukaku.

The Anderlecht striker has burst onto the scene after a phenomenal youth career in Belgium, and Arsenal are reportedly leading the chase for another young starlet to add to their ranks.

Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan have all been linked with the 16-year-old, who has scored nine goals in 16 appearances for the Purple and Whites. Anderlecht currently sit top of the Belgian First Division, thanks in part to the goalscoring of Lukaku.

His glittering junior career has a striking resemblence to Bojan of Barcelona, who broke all youth records at the Nou Camp. Lukaku scored 121 goals in 88 matches at junior level for Anderlecht, and then 26 goals in 17 games at U19 level despite being only 15 at the time.

A call-up to the Belgian U21 setup followed, and Lukaku has scored once in his four appearances at that level.

One of the brightest young talents in world football, Lukaku reportedly turned down a move to Stamford Bridge in the past to continue building his career in his homeland.

However, Wenger could step up the chase for the youngster, and was thought to be monitoring the teenager with a view to bringing him to the Emirates as recently as last month.
With a proven track record of developing youth talent in north London, the Gunners have the edge over their rivals and could be poised to move now that the transfer window has opened.

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