Manchester City chasing Romelu Lukaku, claims agent
Roberto Mancini's City are said to be leading the chase for the highly-rated Anderlecht youngster
Manchester City are keen on signing highly-rated striker Romelu Lukaku, the player’s agent has revealed.
The 17-year-old Anderlecht forward, who has been compared to a young Didier Drogba, is seen as one of the most exciting prospects in Europe. The Belgian attacker has already made 76 appearances for Anderlecht with an impressive return of 33 goals.
“There is no concrete offer or agreement,” Lukaku’s agent Christophe Henrotay told Belgian Sport magazine. “I have very good contacts with Manchester City, but they are only one of the clubs to ask about him.
“City did ask me to be keep informed, if other clubs insisted on him. If someone leaves Manchester City, it is not impossible things could be accelerated – but you have seen the attackers there, but there is also the other clubs who are interested.”
Lukaku received his first international call-up last year and the athletic striker has since been capped a further seven times. His speedy development has caught the eye of many of Europe’s top clubs with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all monitoring the youngster.
Lukaku is a self-confessed Chelsea supporter and idolises the Blues’ star forward Drogba, however he denies signing for the London side would be a preferred option. Arsenal and Chelsea have regularly scouted the 6ft 3″ forward since his youth days at Anderlecht.
“Chelsea and Arsenal tried to sign me when I was 13, 14,” Lukaku said. “Chelsea is my favourite team. I have always said it and I have never hidden it. But it is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to go there.
“There is also Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. These big five are very interesting. Tottenham are also a good club.”