Romelu Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has revealed Manchester City wanted to sign the Belgian before he joined Chelsea. 

Lukaku returned to Chelsea from Inter Milan for a club-record fee of £98million. City were keen to bring in a new striker following the exit of Kun Aguero who signed for Barcelona on a free transfer.

Speaking to the Telegraph Sport, 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 [City] focussed on Harry Kane this summer.”

On his return, Lukaku netted four goals in his first four matches in a Chelsea shirt. He has however endured a six-game run without seeing the back of the net before he picked up an ankle injury in the Champions League against Malmo.


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