Teenage strike sensation Romelu Lukaku has paved the way for a summer switch to Arsenal after the talented Belgian international backtracked on claims he has his heart set on a move to Chelsea.
The 18-year-old starlet has long been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League, but talks have stalled over a transfer to west London as the Blues refuse to meet Anderlecht's valuation of the player.
Speaking to Belgian TV show 'Extra Time', Lukaku stated he has no preference to which club he joins next year - be it Chelsea, Arsenal or anywhere else, as long as it is a top European club.
"The negotiations with Chelsea are always ongoing but perhaps I have made a mistake with some of my words in the media when I've talked about only wanting to play for Chelsea," Lukaku said.
"Actually my dream is to play for a top club European and I do not care whether they are from England, Spain, Italy or Germany."
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be closely monitoring the situation, as he looks to continue strengthening his Emirates Stadium squad ahead of the new season.
With Gervinho the club's only headline signing so far this summer, Arsenal fans will be hoping that the increasingly frugal Wenger will be willing to part with some more cash.
Meanwhile, Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas yesterday completed his third signing of the summer with the capture of Barcelona youngster Oriol Romeu who moves to Stamford Bridge for €5million.
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