With rumours abound of Romelu Lukaku rejecting a £140,000 contract offer from Everton, speculation surrounding his future has taken precedence. At 23 years old, the Belgian International has already become Everton’s record Premier League goalscorer and he is a young man with the world at his feet.
We’ve decided to take a look at the various top clubs around Europe that could be looking for a striker like Lukaku and what the striker should weigh up before he moves there:
The transfer window was dominated by Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United but a little-known fact is that Lukaku was present for the monumental signing. With the same agent as his friend, Lukaku could potentially be a dream signing for United. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a standout performer for United but he will be 36 next season. Lukaku could easily take Ibrahimovic’s place this summer as the mercurial Swede rides into the LA sunset. Manchester United could sweeten the deal by allowing Wayne Rooney to go the other way which would benefit Everton.
There will be United fans who will worry about the future of Marcus Rashford who is seen as the heir to the number 9 shirt but Jose Mourinho is a savvy enough manager who could easily include both players in his starting eleven. Speaking of Mourinho, he was the same player who allowed Lukaku to leave in the first place so there is still a question mark as to whether the manager wants the player at United.
When Pep Guardiola looks at his strikers, he very rarely goes for tall robust players. His last attempt at this was Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it didn’t quite work out for both parties. Lukaku would offer something very different that Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus can’t offer and that is the ability to go more direct. Guardiola is a manager who always adapts to any league and he might be thinking that he could use with a Lukaku type striker.
The Spanish manager is probably one of the best managers for young players to work with and Romelu Lukaku would surely benefit from working with a manager of Guardiola’s quality. There is also the caveat of linking up with his former Chelsea youth teammate and fellow Belgian international, Kevin De Bruyne. The two players would surely strike up an instant connection that could bear fruit for Manchester City.
A bit left field as Dortmund tend to be more frugal with their spending habits but they could have some extra cash to play with if star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moves to the Santiago Bernabeu. At 23, Lukaku would fit in with Dortmund’s young squad and could develop into becoming a leader in that squad.
Dortmund are also known for their attacking brand of football and should the Belgian follow in the footsteps of the last two leading strikers, he is sure to score a hatful of goals.
Should Dortmund resist Real Madrid then they could easily turn their attentions to Romelu Lukaku. Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morrata are currently sharing the burden of leading the Real Madrid line when Ronaldo decides he wants to play left wing. With the addition of Lukaku, Zinedine Zidane will have a striker capable of leading the Real Madrid line for years to come.
As a focal point, he is perfectly suited for the likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric to find him from deep while he brings the other Madrid forwards into play.
Lukaku during his time at Chelsea
Perhaps the most obvious choice out of the bunch is going back to Chelsea. Former players returning to their past clubs was in fashion last summer and Lukaku could be the latest player to make a return. There have been rumours that Diego Costa is unsettled and is likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. If that happens, the Belgian would be a ready-made candidate to take his place. Chelsea have always worked best in recent years with a powerhouse of a striker and Romelu Lukaku is fast becoming the best big striker in world football.
Much like City, Chelsea have a Belgian attacking midfielder in Eden Hazard who would be able to form a partnership that would benefit both club and country. Should everything fall into place, Chelsea could see another of their former prospects return to Stamford Bridge.
Wherever Romelu Lukaku ends up, the club who acquires his talent will be getting an already established better who can get even better! It will cost the buying club a pretty penny mind you.