EPL Transfer News: Chelsea Reach Agreement with Anderlecht for Romelu Lukaku

Sean BabcockCorrespondent IIAugust 6, 2011

According to an official announcement today on Belgian side Anderlecht's team website, the club has reached an agreement with Chelsea of the English Premier League to sell Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge.

The offered amount to secure the Belgian striker is thus far undisclosed. Reports indicate that he is now one step closer to joining the Blues in London, as the fee negotiated by Chelsea was apparently adequate enough for the club to part with their star.

The 18-year-old has made waves all across Europe in his incredible production for Anderlecht since joining the first team in 2009 at age 16. He has since appeared 73 times for the club and has scored an impressive 33 goals in the process.

Those are statistics that are bound to turn heads, and even at such a young age Lukaku is said to play a style of football very well suited for England's highly competitive top tier.

The only remaining hurdles for Chelsea and Lukaku are his fitness exam at Stamford Bridge and agreeing to personal terms. The last bit should be a breeze, given Lukaku's numerous statements of desire to join his personal hero, Didier Drogba, in EPL.

Said Chelsea boss Andres Villas-Boas: "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."

Anderlecht, of course, will be sad to see him leave as one of the most successful products of their youth system to date, but the fee should be plenty secure to a replacement. As for Lukaku, if his form and style can translate well into the English system, then he's sure to become a Chelsea legend of a stature great enough to rank him among the club's best.

That, however, is still a very big "if."