Romelu Lukaku’s Chelsea wages singled out by Brentford boss Thomas Frank

Brentford boss Thomas Frank aimed a sly dig at Chelsea prior to their Premier League clash on Saturday evening, making a pointed claim about Romelu Lukaku's wages.

The Bees have hit the ground running in the Premier League this season, despite operating on one of the division's smallest budgets.

Their frugal approach represents a stark contest to west London neighbours Chelsea, who are known for splashing huge sums of cash to sign the world's best players.

Earlier this summer the Blues forked out £97.5million to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, a figure Brentford can only dream about spending.

Ahead of the match between the two sides at the Brentford Community Stadium, Frank highlighted the contrast between their two approaches, using Lukaku's wages as a barometer.

Frank told Sky Sports: "I look at that team thinking that’s a good side.

"I’m pretty sure Lukaku is paid more than our entire starting XI so they have enough quality."

The Danish boss continued on a similar theme when asked about how big a fixture it would be for Brentford.

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"I think it's a big night," he said.

"I don't know how many months ago, they won the Champions League and we won the play-off final, I think that's a perfect picture of the difference between the two clubs.

"Now we have the opportunity to go toe-to-toe against the champions of Europe and we can't wait."

Despite a clear disparity in the playing budgets, Brentford held their own in a pulsating first-half in west London.

The Bees almost scored with their first shot of the game but Bryan Mbeumo's effort from inside the box rattled off the post.

Not long after it was Chelsea's turn to feel hard done by as Lukaku's strike was ruled out for offside.

The Blues found the breakthrough they were looking for just before half-time as Ben Chilwell continued his purple patch with an exquisite volley from outside the box.

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