A summer move is looking more and more likely for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku as the club’s stature at this time just doesn't seem to match the Belgian goal machine’s ambitions.
Transfer talk has intensified since he rejected a new contract and has continued to bang in the goals this season in the Premier League. What Are The Odds looks at what might be next for Lukaku in his pursuit of Champions League football.
A raft of European powerhouses are jostling for the Belgium international’s services, per Sky Bet, Lukaku’s former club Chelsea have seen their odds on re-signing him fall dramatically in recent weeks, with odds now as short as 7/4 (2.75) on Antonio Conte to bring the 23-year old back to Stamford Bridge.
The long-term future of current striker Diego Costa is still one that seems uncertain, and reports have surfaced recently that the Spaniard is ‘unhappy’ with life in London, according to the Metro, and if Chelsea are to cash in this summer, then they could reap much of the transfer fee that will likely be demanded for Romelu Lukaku.
Last summer it would have seemed nigh-on impossible to imagine Lukaku competing for a place in the Manchester United side against the likes of Zlatan and Rooney - never mind lumping Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford into the mix.
However, with Rooney likely to leave, Zlatan still uncommitted to the club for another season and Martial and Rashford not completely on the boil, one would imagine that Lukaku would be top of Mourinho’s striker wish list this summer. Odds of 7/2 (4.50) suggest it’s possible but not quite close enough for United fans to get too excited yet.
United fans may be interested to fantasise how a United team with Lukaku in this season might have affected the Red Devils league standing, we at SmartBets have gone the full distance to see what position Man Utd would have been in had the Belgian signed.
Of all the teams linked with Lukaku, Paris Saint-Germain could make the most sense, despite them being a bit further back at 12/1 (13.0) in the running. PSG want to make more strides in Europe, and have struggled in Ligue 1 for dominance this season, so a marquee signing like Lukaku would be fitting and Champions League football would tick all of the Belgian’s wishlist.
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