Anderlecht, the Belgian club, have revealed that they have begun negotiations with Chelsea over the potential sale of 18-year-old striking sensation Romelu Lukaku.
The powerhouse teenager is seen as one of the rising stars of European football, having already made nine appearances for Belgium – scoring two goals – and having been Anderlecht’s leading scorer in his first two seasons as a professional.
The striker, of Congolese descent, has long been linked with a move to Chelsea – he has also attracted admiring glances from Real Madrid and Arsenal – and now the Belgian sides general manager, Herman van Holsbeeck, has confirmed that talks between the two parties are underway.
“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,” Van Holsbeeck told Sky Sports.
Lukaku broke into the Anderlecht side as a 16 year-old, and in his first season ended the season as the top goalscorer in Belgian football, the youngest player to ever produce such a feat. Whilst Anderlecht know that they will need to part with their prize asset at some point in the future, the club from the Constant Vanden Stock are in no rush to allow the player to leave.
“It could happen in the next half hour, it could take until August 31 – that is football” added Van Holsbeeck.