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Chelsea bid for teenage Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea bid for teenage Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea have put in a bid for Anderlecht's 18-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku, BBC Sport understands.

The Belgian club said they were in talks with the Blues over his possible sale last month, although the teenager has also been linked with Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham.

Chelsea have now made a firm bid for the Belgian international, although the fee they have offered is unknown.

Lukaku has scored twice in 10 games for his national team.

In June, Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck said: "There is still a long way to go in the negotiations.

"We are indeed negotiating with Chelsea, but there are other clubs we are talking to."


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Lukaku, widely regarded as one of the most promising talents in European football, is a Belgian international who would reportedly cost in the region of £18m.

The 6ft 4in frontman, whose contract runs out in 2013, is a strong and committed striker who is often referred to as 'the new Didier Drogba'.

Lukaku scored 15 league goals in 2009/10 to help Anderlecht win the Jupiler League title, while last season he scored 16 goals from 37 appearances as his side finished third.

He is highly rated at Anderlecht and the club's former youth coach Yannick Ferrera told BBC Sport last winter: "Already, even at such a young age, Romelu can have all the cheques he wants, all the clothes he wants. He can have everything, that's not a problem for him.

"But now he wants to become a great footballer and that's good because it comes from his head.

"Even when I met him in 2006 he was a leader of his team. He was obviously the strongest and the biggest in his age group but he always led by example and he always wanted to learn, something which is still the case."

His abilities have also attracted the interest of Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who admitted last year that the Spanish giants had wanted the player but that "he has a very clever dad, he wants Romelu to stay at Anderlecht for one more year".

Lukaku could become the second arrival at Stamford Bridge this summer. The London club, now managed by Andre Villas-Boas, are closing in on the signing of Genk goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Posted on Thursday 21st July 2011

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