Luka Modric might have been getting all the attention when it comes to Chelsea’s transfer targets for the summer, but the club have wrapped up the signing of Anderlecht sensation Romelu Lukaku. A few weeks ago, Chelsea bid a reported £18 million for the 18-year-old, and without any further news, the club today revealed that the youngster had indeed become the first signing of the summer.
Even though the exact fee paid by the club for the 6ft 4in forward is not known, it is believed to be in the region of £20 million. Of course, it is a lot of money to pay for a youngster, who is still unproven at the top level. However, we live in the day and age when most clubs are prepared to pay a lot of money for youngsters even if it means just parking them in their squad.
Manchester United’s signing of Phil Jones is an exact case in point.
Romelu Lukaku admitted that he might have to fight for his place, which is right now contested by two other players: Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres. They are players of great stature, and Lukaku might need to do something extraordinary in order to move ahead of them in the pecking order; it is exactly something that Daniel Sturridge is doing now.
Sturridge scored two goals against Rangers in our last friendly, and firmly makes himself as one of the primary contenders for a starting place. So far, he has been excellent in the pre-season. In fact, he has been excellent for the last year or so ever since he moved to Bolton.
Romelu Lukaku faces intense competition, and he surely will know that his price tag alone will not make him a regular starter.