This morning, breaking news dropped, as Everton star Romelu Lukaku rejected a new contract and told the club that he intends to move on this summer. This came as a surprise, considering his agent Mino Raiola had just stated that Lukaku was set to sign an extension that would’ve made him the highest paid player in Everton’s history. With Everton sitting in 7th in the Premier League, and 8 points off the top four, the striker stated the desire to play in the Champions League as the main reason he wanted an exit. And given that Lukaku has scored 19 goals and provided 5 assists in just 27 matches this season, there should be no shortage of quality teams that pursue the Belgian. In this article, I’m going to take a look at four clubs that could sign Lukaku this summer if he does indeed leave.
This is probably the least likely club out of the four I will say, but there is still a chance that Dortmund will pursue Lukaku. All of this depends on where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyeng will end up this summer. Dortmund’s top striker, Auba’s future always seems up in the air. Recently, the club released a statement saying that Aubameyeng is perfectly happy at the club, yet rumors about a move to Real Madrid continue to linger. If Aubamyeng does move on in the upcoming transfer window, I’m sure that Lukaku will be on the list of replacements. However, I think it is unlikely that Lukaku will want to join them given that Dortmund have shown some inconsistency and it is unsure if they will even qualify for the UCL this season. And while it is unlikely that Lukaku will move here, it could be a smart move – Dortmund have a very young squad that is only going to improve, and they are usually right up there in the title race (this being a down season for the club).
Another unlikely destination for Lukaku, but definitely an option for him to consider. PSG are Champions League mainstays, and although they shockingly crashed out to Barcelona last week, they consistently reach the knockout stage. This could be beneficial to both parties, as Lukaku could provide the quality needed to take PSG over the hump to European glory. The idea of a Cavani-Lukaku partnership up top might be the most dangerous one in the world, and PSG are right up there in the title race every year. In fact, the club has won the Ligue 1 title 4 years in a row, and currently sit just 3 points off the top of the table. Affording the hefty wages Lukaku will demand should cause the club absolutely no problem considering the available funds they have. If Lukaku is looking for a move outside of the Premier League, PSG will definitely be a club that he will have to consider.
If Romelu Lukaku does choose to move on from Everton, there are only going to be a couple of Premier League clubs that will be able to pay his wages. One of those clubs is the giants of Manchester United. United have made it more than clear that their number 1 target is Antoine Greizmann, however, given that Athletico will be unable to sign a replacement because of their transfer ban, it is suddenly a less of a done deal than we once thought. If they fail to sign the French striker, they may switch their pursuits over to Lukaku. They have already shown that they are more than ready to dish out big money for superstars (does the name Pogba ring a bell?), and are in dire need of a goalscorer to complement Zlatan (United have scored the least goals out of all the top 6 Premier League sides). A combination up top of Zlatan and Lukaku would absolutely terrorize defenses and could transform United into a serious attacking threat.
At this point in time, a Lukaku move to Chelsea seems like the most likely outcome. Chelsea had attempted to bring the Belgian over to London this last summer, but were unsuccessful in doing so. Now, with Diego Costa’s future uncertain, they are looking to resume their pursuits of the striker. Chelsea look poised to win the title this year, and will definitely be in the Champions League for next year. Lukaku has to be encouraged by the production Antonio Conte has gotten out of a seemingly revitalized Diego Costa. As Lukaku is still young, I wouldn’t put it past him to score 30 next year in Conte’s system. He may really fancy the chance to combine with the likes of Hazard and Pedro for some quick and deadly link up play.
No matter where Lukaku goes, he will continue to be a serious goalscoring threat. Whichever team is lucky enough to land the Belgian will see an incredible boost to their attack, one which could be just enough to get them to take the next step. Whether that be European titles for an English club, or league titles for a club like Dortmund, Lukaku will certainly be a great help for whatever cause he is brought in for.
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