Chelsea big-money signing had chance to sign for direct PL rivals

Romelu Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has revealed that Man City were keen on signing Belgian forward ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Belgium international forward ended a two-year period with Serie A giants, Inter Milan during the summer to secure a return to Stamford Bridge, a team that he had represented as a teenager.

However, Pastorello has claimed that the Belgian’s career could have taken a different path, particularly had he won Serie A tophy in his first campaign in the Italian top-tier.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Pastorello said: “I think I can say without disappointing anybody that Manchester City came in the year before.

“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.

“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 focused on Harry Kane this summer.”

Romelu Lukaku has found back of the net 24 times during the following season as Inter won the Serie A trophy for the first time since 2009-10.

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