“It was very concrete and very serious” – Manchester City tried to sign Chelsea player

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Premier League rivals Manchester City held ‘very concrete’ interest in Romelu Lukaku last year before opting against the move, the striker’s agent Federico Pastorello has revealed.

Lukaku sealed his return to Chelsea in the summer in a £98million move.

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

“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.”

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