Ajax hope to dash
Chelsea's hopes of signing teen
sensation Romelu Lukaku by offering
the Belgian striker the chance to
make his name in Holland.
The Dutch club, famed for their youth academy, are interested in the Anderlecht striker, who scored 15 goals in 25 games for Anderlecht last season having made his debut at 16. They are keen for Lukaku to visit the academy and ply his trade there before a big-money move elsewhere.
Chelsea are among a long list of European clubs interested in the 17-year-old and Lukaku was pictured at Stamford Bridge this summer wearing a Chelsea shirt. Real Madrid, Arsenal and Barcelona are all keen too, with Anderlecht realising they won't be able to keep hold of him for too long.
But the Belgian Under 21 star's agent Christophe Hentoray has said the forward is too young to move to the likes of Madrid and Chelsea and now Ajax have registered their interest.
Insiders at the club have told talkSPORT they would be willing to take Lukaku to the Amsterdam Arena to help him develop.
Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp all graduated from the Ajax academy and the Eredivisie club are keen to strike a deal with Lukaku.
The terms would be simple - Lukaku would join Ajax for a relatively small sum and then sold for big money if he reaches his potential, with Anderlecht getting a hefty percentage on the future sell-on fee.