City one of Lukaku's options
Manchester City join chase for Belgian star
By Graeme Bailey - Follow me on Twitter @graemebailey. Last Updated: January 23, 2011 6:07pm
Romelu Lukaku's agent has confirmed Manchester City have joined the chase for the Belgian starlet.
The 17-year-old Anderlecht striker is one of the most coveted players in world football.
He has been playing first-team football since he was 16, and is already a regular for Belgium at international level.
So far this season he has bagged 13 goals in 20 games, and almost every major club in Europe is chasing him, including all of England's big clubs.
Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are all keen.
City are the latest of the Premier League giants to join the chase and reports from Belgian even suggested they were trying to do a deal this month.
But Lukaku's agent Christophe Henrotay has denied that is the case, but he confirmed City do want to be kept informed about his situation.
"There is no concrete offer or agreement," he told Belgian Sport magazine.
"I have very good contacts with Manchester City, but they are only one of the clubs to ask about him."
Roberto Mancini has already insisted that City are not ready to make a bid, but they are very much now in the chase for him.
"City did ask me to be keep informed, if other clubs insisted on him," Henrotay continued.
"If someone leaves Manchester City, it is not impossible things could be accelerated - but you have seen the attackers there, but there is also the other clubs who are interested."
Chelsea and Arsenal have been chasing Lukaku since he was 13, and the former have been regarded as the long-time favourites for his signature given they are his favourite side.
But the youngster admits that he will not necessarily sign for Chelsea because he supports them.
"Chelsea and Arsenal tried to sign me when I was 13, 14," he said.
"Chelsea is my favourite team. I have always said it and I have never hidden it. But it is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to go there.
"There is also Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. These big five are very interesting. Tottenham are also a good club.
"As a young kid you dream of playing in every big team. It is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to specifically go there.
"I will see. It is something for my father and agent. There are so many clubs and big teams. For a young player sometimes you have to relax for a while and focus on your own team. I'm very happy with the situation at Anderlecht. I have the support of the club and other players. It is my environment and I've grown up here."
Real Madrid have also been strongly linked, and Jose Mourinho knows him well after pursuing him during his time at Chelsea - but Lukaku admits England is his most likely destination.
"My father never talks to me about rumours. Of course, I admire Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid is a great club. But I see England as more likely than Spain," he told Goal.com.
"If I see the games and some action in the Premier League, with my qualities I think I can play there. I'm very fast, I'm very strong and I work a lot. If I train with players with more quality I can be better than I am here. I want to improve.
"My father was my hero when I was still a boy. I looked up to Cristiano Ronaldo and then it was always [Didier] Drogba. As I understand more and more about football I see the qualities I have and I can see myself in him [Drogba]. I have almost the same qualities and I want to follow in his footsteps.
"I want to reach the highest level and win prizes. I want to win the Champions League, the Europa League also. I want to play in the Premier League and win some [league] titles or the Spanish league and win those titles. That is also a dream. Why not?"