The transfer of Romelu Lukaku from Anderlecht to Chelsea is “a question of day’s, hours” away, according to new manager Andre Villas-Boas.
The Portuguese spoke positively about the situation in his Friday press conference ahead of the Blues opener away at Stoke City on Sunday afternoon. Villas-Boas sought to clarify rumours that the deal might be falling through after the player himself appeared to cast doubt on the move through his Twitter account on Thursday.
He revealed the delay has been down to the various parties ‘outlining details’, thought to be due to player registration issues rather than any financial wrangles and he should be presented as a Chelsea playeron Tuesday. When asked why the club were so keen to bring the 18-year-old to Stamford Bridge despite already havingfive strikers on their books, Villas-Boas simply said that they “could not afford to lose him…due to his young potential.”
However, the former FC Porto coach was rather more reticent when asked about the prospect of Luka Modric joining from Tottenham and refused to comment out of respect for the Croatian’s current employers. That would seem to suggest that efforts are still ongoing behind the scenes with whispers of an improved £35m bid being overheard.