Chelsea are ready to go to £18 million for Anderlecht sensation Romelu Lukaku.

The Sun says Barcelona have cleared the way for Carlo Ancelotti's title-chasing Blues to snap up Romelu Lukaku by pulling out of the chase for the Anderlecht whizkid.

Lukaku, 17, is also being tracked by Arsenal as well as a host of top European clubs.

But Stamford Bridge is now his likeliest destination, with Barca manager Pep Guardiola opting to turn his attentions to Villarreal's ex-Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi, 24.

Chelsea are on the lookout for a new hitman, with Drogba and Nicolas Anelka the wrong side of 30 and Daniel Sturridge eyeing a permanent move to Bolton this summer.

And Lukaku fits the bill, with 35 goals in 87 games for Anderlecht.

The Antwerp-born starlet said: "I'm flattered to be compared to a great striker like Didier but I insist on being my own player.

"My style is best suited to the English Premier League, so a move to England is more likely than a switch to Spain or anywhere else in Europe."

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