Belgian Striker Romelu Lukaku has stunned the Everton fans by declaring that he would not sign a new contract at the club. The 23-year-old was said to be ever so close to signing a new contract, with agent Mino Raiola also suggesting that negotiations were also going well. But in a complete U-turn, Lukaku has said that he would not sign a new contract as he seeks Champions League football. Here we look at the 5 clubs he could join after leaving Everton:
1) Paris Saint-Germain:
The French club looks like one of the most likely destinations for Lukaku as they would guarantee him Champions League Football. And while they already have a decent striker in Edinson Cavani, they could look to sign Lukaku as well to bolster their attack. While Lukaku may have to play second fiddle to Cavani for some time, he could be their first choice striker in the near future as Cavani is 31 and only has 2-3 years of top level football left in him. A move looks ideal for both the player and the club.
A move to his former club is also on the cards, with Antonio Conte looking to sign another striker having been unconvinced by Michy Batshuayi. And while Diego Costa is his undisputed first choice striker, his future remains up in the air and a move for Lukaku makes sense. Chelsea are sure to qualify for the Champions League and Lukaku would get what he craves for, Champions League football. With Antonio Conte also interested in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, whether he makes the move for Lukaku remains to be seen.
With Alexis Sanchez almost certain to leave the club in the summer, Arsenal need reinforcements in attack. Romelu Lukaku could be the ideal striker for them as he guarantees goals. Arsenal have lacked a specialist centre-forward for quite some time now, and as a result have failed to challenge for the title. Whether Lukaku makes the move also depends on whether Arsenal qualify for the Champions League this season, having fallen down to 5th on the table. But a move for the Belgian makes sense for the club as he could help them to title glory.
While Everton are unlikely to sell to their Merseyside rivals, Liverpool just might try to pounce on him as he would fill the void left by Luis Suarez and also reduce the load on Roberto Firmino. If Jurgen Klopp is to challenge for the title next season, he needs to sign a world class forward who could bang 25 goals a season and Lukaku is one of them. Daniel Sturridge has largely struggled with injuries, while Divock Origi has failed to convince Klopp. If Lukaku does make a move to Anfield, the fans might start dreaming about the title.
5) Atletico Madrid:
Antoine Griezmann has been the star player for Atletico Madrid for quite some time now. But he has constantly been linked with a move to Manchester United and if he does make the move, then Atletico Madrid should look to sign Lukaku. Diego Simeone's side would guarantee him Champions League football and he could slot straight into the playing 11.