Chelsea have taken a huge step forward in the transfer market, after reaching an agreement with Anderlecht over the transfer of Romelu Lukaku. The club released a statement on their Official Website declaring the news.
The striker is now subject to clearing a medical and arriving at personal terms, before he begins his Chelsea career. Lukaku, who has always hinted that it is his dream to play for Chelsea and alongside Didier Drogba, will now fight for a place in the squad, as he is very unlikely to be loaned out.
At 6ft 4ins, Lukaku is an intimidating force with a dangerous left foot. The 18-year-old helped himself to 16 league goals last term, while also scoring his first international goals for Belgium.
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Zhirkov joins Anzhi.
Yury Zhirkov has become the first Chelsea player to head for the exit this summer. The Russian completed a move to Anzhi Makhachkala on Saturday, the club announced on their Official Website.
Zhirkov’s departure made it possible for the Blues to accommodate another foreign player in the squad, which paved the way for Romelu Lukaku’s arrival. However, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, insisted this was not the reason for Zhirkov’s move.
“In the end it was mostly his decision, it was a great financial offer for him, it is a return home for him and he has decided to part company with Chelsea,” said the 33-year-old.
Chelsea may have been able to breeze through pre-season without losing a single game, but the manager looks set to lose a few players to injury. Andre Villas-Boas spoke to ChelseaTV after the team’s win against Rangers, and revealed a few concerns for the Blues.
John obi Mikel, who was set to fill the void of Michael Essien, was substituted before half time during the game against Rangers. “Mikel had a knock that he suffered a couple of days ago in training. He had an injection to avoid the pain but it was getting pretty nasty for him and we decided to take him out of the game,” said the manager.
Another player who may not be available for the start of the season is David Luiz. The Brazilian is troubled by a slight pain in his knee, but the manager insisted he should be back to training soon.
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