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Arsene Wenger has revealed the club were close to signing Everton’s Romelu Lukaku before he moved to Chelsea.
The Gunners boss revealed in his pre-match press conference before the game against Everton that the club were in discussions with Anderlecht over the striker’s services before Chelsea came in and stumped up a £10m offer.
Wenger has been known for his reluctance to spend big in the transfer market and it is no surprise he pulled out of negotiations when Chelsea joined the race.
“Yes, we have known him since he was in Belgium but at the time he opted to go for Chelsea,” said Wenger.
“I agree he is developing well and year after year he is better. His finishing is better, his technical link with players is better and he is promising to have a big career because that is always a sign if year after year he gets better numbers.
“No [we did not move for him once he was at Chelsea] because he went out on loan and I did expect him to go back to Chelsea, so after that we are never on the case.”
However, with Arsenal in search of a top striker this summer and Lukaku keen on playing Champions League football, it remains to be seen if Wenger will move to sign the 22-year-old Belgian this summer.
Lukaku already has 18 league goals to his name this season and with the player just 22 years old, one can boldly say he has a big future ahead of him.