Manchester City Battle Arsenal And Chelsea With £18m Offer For The Next Drogba

Etihad Stadium square off with Emirates for highly-rated Belgian.

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Manchester City will rival Arsenal and Chelsea with an £18million bid for Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku.

The 18-year-old is one of the hottest properties in Europe after being labelled as ‘the next Dider Drogba’.

Arsenal met with Lukaku’s agent last weekend to discuss a possible move, while Chelsea have long shown interest in bringing the Belgium international to west London.

Inter Milan and PSG are also in the hunt, but his next destination looks increasingly likely to be the Premier League considering the level of interest.

City have now thrown their name into the ring to sign the powerful goal-machine, according to the Metro.

With Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz all expected to leave, City boss Roberto Mancini wants to add more firepower to his squad.

The Italian is working on a number of possibilities with Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero and Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain all on the radar.

Lukaku is taking all the attention in his stride and, following his pre-season hat-trick against FC Brussels, played down speculation surrounding his future.

“I’m keeping a cool head,” said Lukaku.

“Normally I train and I play my game. If I thought too much or if I was holding back, it would be the best way to hurt me.”

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