Chelsea have agreed a fee with Anderlect for the transfer of precocious Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, who will complete a move to Stamford Bridge subject to him passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.GettyImagesRomelu Lukaku is set to become Chelsea’s third summer signing
Lukaku, 18, has been linked with the Blues throughout the summer, but appears set to finally seal a switch to the three-time Premier League champions.
“An agreement has been reached with Anderlecht for the transfer to Chelsea of striker Romelu Lukaku,” a statement on Chelsea’s official website said. “The move is now subject to the player passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.”
Anderlecht also confirmed the news on their official wesbite: “RSC Anderlecht and Chelsea have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of Romelu Lukaku.
“Subject to the results of medical tests and the conclusion of negotiations between the player and the English club, Romelu Lukaku will therefore move into the colours of the London club.”
Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck added: “We regret the departure of Romelu…but the agreement is a win-win situation for the player and RSC Anderlecht. The club’s management is committed to finding a good replacement in the short term. We wish him every success for the rest of his career.”
The player posted a comment on Twitter which read: “I have an announcement to make…Next week I’m going to London for the medical tests.”
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is now closing in on the third signing of his reign, and admitted after Saturday’s friendly against Rangers that a deal was close.
“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,” Villas-Boas said. “So I would say that anything can happen.”
Lukaku scored 16 goals in 37 league appearances last season and already has two to his name in two games in the current campaign for the Brussels club.
COMMENTARY: Coach Gabriel Fernandez
The biggest signing of any club in my opinion this off season is this young prospect. Lukaku does not play for a major country, major club or major league, nor does he come from a youth development giant like inter or barca. He is going to be the next big dominant forward/striker not just for Chelsea, but in the EPL. look out Drogba and Anelka. this young player is the real deal. I wish him the best, in a club where the torch is being past from the big names to the unknown, but not unknown for to long. Look for him to make a big splash in the EPL when he gets the chance to take the pitch.