It was thought that Arsenal are the front runners to sign Anderlecht’s 18-year-old star, Roman Lukaku this summer after having apparently made a bid for £18 million. But now it is emerging that Manchester City are also after Lukaku and may be ready to bid more than us for the striker. This will result in yet ANOTHER battle between Arsenal and Manchester City.
First they took Clichy from us and are hotly pursuing Nasri which has resulted in a war of words between Wenger and Mancini. And now this battle for Lukaku’s signature. I am already looking forward to our first game against Manchester City as I am sure it is going to be feisty especially when Wenger and Mancini shake hands before and after the match, that is if they even decide to do so.
If it comes down to a bidding battle for the striker, Manchester City will easily out-bid us with their bottomless pit of money. Even though Arsenal have come out and said that they have a lot of money to spend this summer, I can not see Wenger sanctioning a purchase greater than £18 million for an untested 18-year-old striker. Even the reported £18 million bid Arsenal have allegedly made for Lukaku is shocking. Wenger is not used to spend such money on a single player.
Be that as it may, Lukaku is one of the hottest young prospects in Europe and is being compared to a young Didier Drogba. It is such fire-power that we need upfront to compliment Van Persie and Gervinho. Can you imagine a front three of those two plus Lukaku with Fabregas, Nasri and Wilshere behind them? Our defense would certainly need to beef up as it would be our weakest link.