Coral’s five clubs for ambitious Everton striker Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku is the latest Premier League star to make ill-advised comments about his future, following in the footsteps of Everton clubmate and compatriot Kevin Mirallas and fellow forward Saido Berahino.
Speaking after the Toffees’ recent defeat to former club Chelsea, Lukaku said: “They know I’m a good player but that I want to develop so I can eventually get back to playing for a club like Chelsea.
“I don’t have a secret ambition to rejoin… there are other clubs in the world. I just want to grow as a player and eventually arrive at a top club again”, added the 21-year-old.
Everton (28/1 with Coral for a top six Premier League finish) showed great ambition by forking out a club record £28m fee for youngster Lukaku, who had shone on loan from Stamford Bridge last season.
However, it appears the Belgium international sees his long-term future away from Goodison Park. At the moment, the Toffees marksman is far from the finished product, however, and would do well not to upset the apple cart before trying his luck with an elite side again.
Lukaku’s raw pace, power and poaching instinct hint at huge potential, but the Antwerp-born attacker still has much developing to do, not least on his first touch, which can be incredibly inconsistent.
If Everton (18/1 to lift the Europa League) were to offload their fierce frontman this summer though, here’s where we think Lukaku could find a new home.
Ligue 1 giants PSG currently boast superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani up top, so would appear well stocked for strikers at the Parc des Princes.
This summer could well change all that, though, as outspoken Ibrahimovic, now 33, is not getting any younger, and rumours persist that both Cavani and fellow former Napoli attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi will leave Paris.
Talented target man Lukaku has also shown ability to act as an wide outlet when Roberto Martinez’s tactics call for it, making him a potentially perfect replacement for Cavani, who is often shunted to the wing.
Also, who better for a young poacher to study than the prolific and confident Sweden superstar Ibrahimovic?
Fallen Italian giants Inter may be stranded in mid-table at the moment, but their history, improving infrastructure and European pedigree means the Milanese men have a higher ceiling than Everton.
Top marksman Mauro Icardi is being linked with a big-money exit, so the Nerazzurri could need to go shopping for a new striker this summer. Luring Lukaku to Serie A would be a huge coup, and perhaps unlikely, but Roberto Mancini’s reputation could swing it for the San Siro side.
Any swoop by Schalke for the Toffees attacker would likely depend on their success in securing Champions League football for next season.
However, Gelsenkirchen club boss Roberto Di Matteo, who previously lifted Europe’s elite club competition, worked with young Lukaku at former club Chelsea and could attempt to take his former charge to this German industrial heartland.
Lukaku, who looks fearsome when in full flight, could bully many a Bundesliga defender, should Schalke lose top scorer and soon-to-be out-of-contract Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Playing Julian Draxler off Lukaku, with midfield prodigies Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka feeding passes to the pair could be an exciting prospect.
Los Che are a little light up top, so Lukaku could find La Liga may offer him an escape route from Everton.
Promising Paco Alcacer has stalled a little of late, benched in favour of underwhelming Manchester City-owned Alvaro Negredo, with the pair grabbing just seven league goals between them.
Valencia’s wafer thin squad could use a boost and the Mestalla men have shown they are willing to fork out for top talents, with a recent splurge for Argentina international midfielder Enzo Perez a prime example.
Big-spending Bundesliga side Wolfsburg could also offer Lukaku a path into European football should their fine form continue, and the tabloids are touting this as a potential destination for him.
Ex-Blues boys Andre Schurrle and Lukaku’s compatriot Kevin De Bruyne could play a part in convincing the powerful forward to test his talents elsewhere, and fans would surely enjoy watching the trio of former Chelsea stars shine together.
The potent attacking midfield pair of Schurrle and De Bruyne have so far struck up a blossoming partnership. So, if Die Wolfe are genuinely intent on challenging German juggernaut Bayern Munich in the aftermath of Borussia Dortmund’s implosion, snatching Lukaku would be a sure signal of intent.