Eager Lukaku is living a dream

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Romelu Lukaku yesterday declared he was joining his "dream team" after Chelsea reached an agreement to sign the precocious striker from Anderlecht.

Chelsea's long pursuit of the 18-year-old finally bore fruit on Saturday night when they announced they were poised to complete a deal for him, subject to the player passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

Lukaku, who is reportedly valued at between £15m and £20m, was asked what his favourite thing about Chelsea was and he replied: "The fans, the players... it's just my dream team."

The Belgium international faces a fight to break into the Blues first team any time soon, however. He warned last week he would not want to be sent out on loan if he moved to Stamford Bridge, which suggests he would be prepared to fight for his place.

He wrote yesterday: "I think I am entering a team full of experienced guys and winners. And I'm very happy about that."