Blues warned over Lukaku
The 18-year-old, who has already been capped at senior
international level by Belgium and is regarded as an extremely
bright prospect for the future, looked set to join Chelsea earlier
in the summer. A deal did not materialise as quickly as expected
and some reports have claimed that new boss Andre Villas-Boas is
less keen to bring in the teenager. Anderlecht insist Villas-Boas
is a fan of Lukaku but are determined to get a fair price and are
thought to value their prize asset at around £20million.
Director of football Herman van Holsbeeck said: “People say the new
Chelsea manager doesn’t want Lukaku – but they have different
information to me. “But we will only sell him if it is good for
both ourselves and the player. “We want serious money for him.”
Anderlecht president Roger Vanden Stock maintains that Chelsea have
not yet made a formal offer and may have to wait until next summer
unless they step up their interest. “Lukaku says Chelsea are the
club for him, so they will probably be the club he joins,” said
Vanden Stock. “But they have not yet put their money on the table.
They want him for as little as possible. “We’ll see what happens.
He will go to England in the end, but it is fine if he stays
another year with us.”