Arsenal 'wonderkid' striker target still heading for England

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Arsenal target Romelu Lukaku remains on course for a summer move to England, according to the player's agent.

Dubbed 'the next Didier Drogba', Lukaku has earned rave reviews for his performances at Anderlecht and already has nine international caps to his name for Belgium.

The 17-year-old has been courted by a number of clubs across Europe, with Roma the latest club to join Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea in their interest.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also thought to be keen on the player, with the Gunners hoping their reputation for getting the best out of young talent at the Emirates serves as an advantage in the race for the player.

After speculation linking the player with a move to Italy, agent Christophe Henrotay confirmed that the Barclays Premier League remains the most likely destination for the talented forward.

"I know nothing of Roma, so I could not confirm whether they have been watching him or not," Henrotay told Calciomercatoweb.

"I can confirm that the English clubs are in pole position, but we have not already concluded an agreement with a particular team. We have talked with several teams, and their names are no secret.

"With his physical and technical characteristics, Lukaku would be perfect for the English football, but, again, there is still nothing done. At the end of the season, we'll see what happens."


Valuations have varied for the teenage prodigy, but it's thought that a fee in the region of £24 million will be need to prize the player away from the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

Wenger is believed to have money at his disposal this summer, and whilst a defender and goalkeeper remain the top priorities for the Arsenal boss, a striker is also thought to be on the agenda for the club.

With Nicklas Bendtner reportedly heading for an Emirates exit, support appears to be in short-supply alongside striker Robin Van Persie and Lukaku may fit the mould at Arsenal with the potential to develop further.

His size, power and style would make him the perfect foil for the Dutchman, although Arsenal will face a major fight to pull of a massive transfer coup this summer.

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