Roman Abramovic and Chelsea FC have been unusually silent during this summer's transfer window, but it seems that that's about to change and change with a bang.
Reports confirm that long-time Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku is on his way to Stamford Bridge. It is claimed that Chelsea have agreed to a fee for the Belgian striker and that the move will be completed subject to the player passing a medical.
A statement on Chelsea's website read:
An agreement has been reached with Anderlecht for the transfer to Chelsea of striker Romelu Lukaku. The move is now subject to the player passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
Lukaku hit the spotlight in Belgium when he turned professional for Anderlecht on his 16th birthday. 11 days later, he made his debut for the team. He was top scorer in the Belgian domestic league in the 2009/10 season.
He has since gone on to score 33 goals in 73 games. He has nine appearances for Belgium and has scored two goals.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas praised the incumbent signing, saying:
"He is a very interesting young prospect and the situation is now that we have to position ourselves to maybe get this kind of talent. So I would say that anything can happen."
Anderlecht manager Herman van Holsbeeck responded to the situation by saying:
"It's a shame we have to let go of Romelu, who was scouted and trained by Anderlecht, but the transfer is a win-win situation for the player and the club."
Many see this move as a sign that a more youthful Chelsea side is in the making. Comparisons between Lukaku and current Chelsea striker Didier Drogba abound, but Lukaku has simply stated that he is concentrating on training and playing games.
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