It looks set to be a big summer in Ike Ugbo’s career, with the Chelsea striker attracting interest from two Belgian clubs.
According to a report from Goal, the 22-year-old striker has been identified as an option for Anderlecht, who have just been injected with £15million following the sale of Albert Sambi Lokonga to Arsenal.
The Chelsea academy graduate has been on loan to five different clubs in the last four years and now could be looking to leave west London for good.
The Blues were reportedly made aware of interest for Ugbo from the likes of Watford, Fulham, Bologna and Monaco and told them they would need to splash out £5million in order to sign him, but that price has now been increased to an unnamed figure, the report claims.
Ugbo impressed while on loan at Cercle Brugge last season, which has seemingly attracted plenty of suitors for the forgotten Chelsea striker.
Even with the likes of Olivier Giroud leaving recently, the likelihood of Ugbo forcing his way into Thomas Tuchel ‘s plans at Stamford Bridge remains low and a move could be in the best interest of his career.
Speaking in an interview with Goal back in November 2019, Ugbo revealed just how much of an influence some of the young Chelsea lads have had on him – and spoke about how he would one day love to follow in their footsteps.
“He does well with his understanding of the game and his positioning,” Ugbo said.
“He gets so many goals from close range and it (learning from Abraham) helped me a lot with the goals I’ve scored. You get the goals simply when you are in the right positions.
“I was a midfielder before, so I learned from those movements. You have to get your positioning right and make sure you are on the right side of the ball.
“Tammy was always doing well with those things. When I was younger, I was watching his games and analysing it to see what I could add to my game to benefit me.
“You wouldn’t think so many [academy players] would get into the team.
“It is great to see everyone getting a chance at such a young age and doing well in competitions like the Champions League. It is really good and something to try to live up to.
“They have done everyone in the academy proud. It shows that once you give them opportunities they will take it and prove that they can be playing at the top level.”
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