Romelu Lukakus agent says Man City tried to sign star before £97m Chelsea move

Manchester City made an attempt to sign Romelu Lukaku last year from Inter Milan, according to the striker’s agent.

Lukaku joined Chelsea in a £97.5million transfer from Inter in the summer, moving back to the club he left in 2014.

The 28-year-old has begun to settle back into life at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel, scoring four goals in 11 games this season.

But it seems his experience back in the Premier League could have been very different, had Man City completed a deal for his services in 2020.

Back then Pep Guardiola’s side were planning for life after Sergio Aguero, and Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has now revealed City were considering signing the Belgian.

“I think I can say without disappointing anybody that Manchester City came in the year before,” Pastorello told theTelegraph.

“During the pandemic, it was very complicated because of trying to fly to places to meet people.

“It started very concrete and very serious, but eventually they changed their idea or they were not ready to make it happen.

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“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 do that, and it would have been really impossible. Then they [City] focussed on Harry Kane this summer."

Lukaku scored 30 goals in 44 appearances for Inter last season to attract the interest of Chelsea, who had previously sold him to Everton for £28m seven years beforehand.

Inter won Serie A under Antonio Conte’s management in 2020/21 and Lukaku had pledged to stay with the Italian side.

But Inter’s financial problems and Conte’s departure opened the door for Lukaku’s return to England – something that was always on his mind.

“Romelu was incredibly happy in Milan, he loves the supporters, he loves the city, he loves the club," Pastorello added.

"But, on the other side, he was always dreaming of coming back to Chelsea.

“I knew this in 2017, he said there were two clubs that were his dream – Chelsea and Real Madrid, and Chelsea was even more because he had been sold much too early and not in a very nice way after the penalty in the Super Cup, so he felt there was something he had not achieved and he wanted to put it right.”

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