Manchester City duo Pep Guardiola and Kevin De Bruyne have both previously heaped praise onto Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku, as the Blues reportedly prepare a fresh £100million bid.
Lukaku has significantly improved all aspects of his game since leaving west London in 2014 and it’s not surprising to see Chelsea come back in for the striker who has ‘unfinished business’ with the club.
football.london understands that Marina Granvoskaia has so far had two bids rejected for the 28-year-old, as the Russian prepares what could be the successful offer to reunite Lukaku with Chelsea.
The Belgian talisman spent two years on the west Londoners’ books during the primitive years of his career.
For both the under23s and first team combined, the forward made 24 appearances in all competitions scoring seven goals and assisting two before being sent out on multiple loans.
Anderlecht’s young sensation at the time moved to west London and was part of a Blues squad that included his Belgian compatriot De Bruyne.
And if the Man City star’s verdict is anything to go by, Chelsea would be getting a dream signing, with De Bruyne claimimg the Serie A MVP winner for last season ‘belongs’ in the top echelon of world-class strikers.
“I love that picture of the two of us. It is everything,” the 29-year-old told the Daily Mail on their friendship at Euro 2020.
“The atmosphere, the combination of black and white players. It shows diversity. That’s what makes the photo beautiful.”
De Bruyne then added: “People give Rom a lot of stick and he is a victim on social media, but Lukaku is a striker who will score 20 to 25 goals for Man United – and any other club.
“His goal ratio is insane. He belongs to the best strikers in the world.”
Such high praise has perfectly coincided with Guardiola’s remarks, which he made after the crushing 3-2 defeat to the Red Devils at the Etihad Stadium in April 2018.
A defeat which at the time only temporarily halted City’s coronation to become champions of England.
He said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News: “He’s 24 and has 100 goals in the Premier League. So that’s not bad, first of all. Second, in the long balls we know the duels. He’s fast and strong.
“I saw him when he played for Everton with my friend Ronald Koeman – he punished us here in the Etihad Stadium and he punished us in Goodison Park.
“He’s fast, going to the channels, he helps to keep the ball and helps to make the movement for the other guys. He’s top. He’s a world class player.”
It’s certainly safe to say that with the Manchester City pair agreeing on the ”world-class” ability that the 28-year-old possesses, Lukaku to Chelsea is a no-brainer for a Thomas Tuchel side, who are looking to dethrone the current Premier League champions.