30/10/2021; 6:18 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
Romelu Lukaku turned from the rejected piece to the beautiful bride. While seen as irrelevant at Manchester United, he has developed into one of the deadliest strikers in the world.
Recent reports suggest that Manchester City made a move for him before Chelsea.
Manchester City were in the market for a striker in the summer, and their pursuit of Harry Kane is well known. With Sergio Aguero set to leave the club at the expiration of his contract, Pep Guardiola needed a quality replacement to fill the void and went all in for Harry Kane.
Manchester City saw Kane as the player that could take them to the next level and push them over the line in their quest for the UEFA Champions League title. Harry Kane eventually pulled out of the deal after much pressure from Spurs fans leaving Manchester City ref-faced.
Manchester City also tried to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, but the deal fell through as city rivals Manchester United snuck in to sign their former star. Manchester City ended up signing only Jack Grealish for a British record fee of £100 million.
Recent reports, however, suggest that Guardiola made a move for Romelu Lukaku before he joined Chelsea.
Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan in the summer for £97.5 million, but if recent reports are correct, the Belgian might not be in the blue of Chelsea. According to his agent, Lukaku would have ended up in the sky blue of Manchester City.
The agent revealed that last year, with Sergio Aguero coming to the end of his City contract, Guardiola tried to sign the big Belgian from Inter Milan.
Guardiola was preparing for the inevitable exit of Argentine superstar Sergio Aguero and was in the market for an adequate replacement. Federico Pastorello reveals that the Spaniard considered Lukaku and inquiries of the Belgian.
Pastorello told The Telegraph that Pep was serious about bringing Lukaku to the Etihad but changed his mind or was not interested in making it happen.
Inter Milan’s financial problems led to the departure of Antonio Conte and allowed Lukaku to leave for Chelsea. Manchester City was, however, the first to inquire of Lukaku, but at the time, it was almost impossible to make it happen. Lukaku wanted to win Serie A.
According to Pastorello, Lukaku was happy in Milan. He claimed the Belgian striker had a love for the city and its supporters.
Lukaku banged in 30 goals from 44 appearances last season for Inter Milan amid Chelsea and City interest. Lukaku, however, had eyes for Chelsea despite his pledge to stay at Inter.
Lukaku has alreadyd settling back in the Premier League with four goals in 11 appearances to his name.