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Chelsea striker drew French interest

Marseille considered a late move for Romelu Lukaku

By | 7th September 2013
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Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has revealed that the Ligue 1 giants were interested in grabbing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on loan before the transfer window slammed shut on Monday night. Instead, Anigo says that the club prioritized the signing of Lille striker Florian Thauvin, who ultimately clinched a permanent move to Marseille before the deadline passed.

“We already have a good striker with [Andre-Pierre] Gignac but there was the possibility of having two,” Anigo revealed when asked about the club’s potential move for Lukaku, according to Goal.com. ”Nevertheless, the No.1 option was to take Thauvin so we stayed on it.”

Marseille’s interest in Chelsea’s striker shows the growing reputation Lukaku enjoys in the world of football. The Belgian enjoyed a sensational Premier League campaign last season, scoring 17 Premier League goals during his loan spell with West Bromwich Albion. The 20 year old struggled to find games early on in the season with the Blues, with Jose Mourinho opting to play a 4-6-0 against Manchester United in the club’s most recent match, with midfielder Andre Schurrle playing in an advanced position ahead of the midfield.

Lukaku sealed a late move to Premier League side Everton following Marseille’s decision to look elsewhere, giving him another season to impress in England’s top flight. Mourinho, meanwhile, brought in former Inter Milan and Barcelona superstar Samuel Eto’o following the Cameroonian’s less than enjoyable stint with Russian club Anzhi. Eto’o will compete with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba for playing time at Stamford Bridge this season.



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