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Manchester City tried to sign Romelu Lukaku last year before Chelsea moved, their agent reveals

Man City tried ‘very seriously’ to sign Romelu Lukaku last year before Chelsea made five offers to sign him, reveals his agent Federico Pastorello, who warned the forward that the £ 98 million return from the Blues was’ now or never ‘.

  • Romelu Lukaku sealed his return to Chelsea for the summer in a £ 98 million move
  • His agent has revealed how the big money transfer from Inter Milan came about
  • Manchester City were also ‘very seriously’ interested in him, revealed his agent
  • City’s approach was ‘concrete’ but they changed their minds in their search for strikers


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Manchester City maintained a “very specific” interest in Romelu Lukaku last year before deciding not to, as revealed by the forward’s agent, Federico Pastorello.

Lukaku eventually rejoined Chelsea in a sensational £ 98 million trade over the summer, leaving Inter Milan for Stamford Bridge, and it has not been confirmed that he believed he had any unfinished business at the club.

City have been on the hunt for a new first-choice forward after Sergio Aguero’s departure, and were also targeting several targets before the veteran left. On his short list was Lukaku, but his approach failed.

Manchester City maintained a 'very concrete' interest in Romelu Lukaku last year, their agent revealed

Manchester City maintained a ‘very concrete’ interest in Romelu Lukaku last year, their agent revealed

“I think I can say without disappointing anyone that Manchester City arrived last year,” Pastorello said. Sport telegraph in a rare interview.

“During the pandemic, it was very difficult trying to fly to places to meet people. It started out very concrete and very serious, but eventually they either changed their minds or weren’t ready to make it happen.

Honestly, it was very difficult after the first year, it was almost impossible. He hadn’t won the league with Inter and he wanted to, and it would have been really impossible. So they [City] focused on Harry Kane this summer.

City boss Pep Guardiola has been on the hunt for a new striker and Lukaku was on his list of finalists

City boss Pep Guardiola has been on the hunt for a new striker and Lukaku was on his list of finalists

City boss Pep Guardiola has been on the hunt for a new striker and Lukaku was on his list of finalists

Lukaku got off to a good start to his second spell at Chelsea, scoring four goals in as many games.

Lukaku got off to a good start to his second spell at Chelsea, scoring four goals in as many games.

Lukaku got off to a good start to his second spell at Chelsea, scoring four goals in as many games.

Lukaku enjoyed a swift start to his second spell with Chelsea, having scored four goals in his first four games. However, he endured a sterile six-game streak and injured his ankle against Malmö in the Champions League.

Before returning to west London, his representative warned the 28-year-old leader that fulfilling his dream of playing for Chelsea again was a case of “now or never”. Five offers later and the negotiations concluded.

“This is what I was telling Romelu, which could be now or never, because he probably didn’t realize 100 percent at first,” Pastorello added.

‘I had to tell him to remember that sometimes there are trains and when they pass they don’t come back. Because of the situation, because of the market and because there weren’t many possibilities, this was Romelu’s train.

His agent Federico Pastorello also warned Lukaku that his return to Chelsea was 'now or never'

His agent Federico Pastorello also warned Lukaku that his return to Chelsea was 'now or never'

His agent Federico Pastorello also warned Lukaku that his return to Chelsea was ‘now or never’

“We had the opportunity to be in the right place at the right time and I told him that if he wanted to come back, he had to take advantage of it now.

“Chelsea were 100 percent sure that he was the one, I never had any doubts, but I think they had to think twice before doing it.

“There were more offers before they reached the level that Inter accepted. There were four offers and the fifth was the one that closed the talks. Looking back, I think everyone got a good deal. ‘

Now back in blue, Lukaku’s focus will be on coming back from injury. He proved to be eager supporters with an update, sharing a photo of himself reclining on a couch while receiving treatment for his damaged ankle.

Lukaku posted a photo of himself receiving treatment for his injured right ankle in his recovery.

Lukaku posted a photo of himself receiving treatment for his injured right ankle in his recovery.

Lukaku posted a photo of himself receiving treatment for his injured right ankle in his recovery.

The forward required treatment on the field after appearing to twist his ankle against Malmö

The forward required treatment on the field after appearing to twist his ankle against Malmö

The forward required treatment on the field after appearing to twist his ankle against Malmö

In the caption, he posted batter and watch emojis, hinting that he is resting and recharging before returning.

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that his first-choice shooter will miss at least two games as a result of the problem.

“I don’t think it makes any sense that we get into speculation about how long it’s going to be. The fact is, you never know, ” Tuchel said before Chelsea beat Norwich.

‘Things can be shorter or longer than expected. One thing I can tell you for sure is that they are both in treatment and both are feeling positive. They are not too concerned. Of the next two games for sure and then we’ll see. ‘

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