Romelu Lukaku: Five potential destinations

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Jose Mourinho's decision to loan Romelu Lukaku out to Everton at the end of the summer transfer window was strange enough, but now the Chelsea coach is reportedly ready to spend a fortune on another striker in January.

The Blues have been linked to a host of forwards in recent weeks, including AS Monaco frontman Radamel Falcao, who Mourinho watched play for Colombia against Lukaku's Belgium on Thursday night.

If Mourinho opts to bring in another world-class striker then where does this leave Lukaku?

The powerful Belgian striker is too good to be sitting on the Chelsea bench when he returns to Stamford Bridge next season, so where could he end up if he decides to leave west London?


Perhaps Lukaku would make the short move north to Arsenal?

The Gunners have the money to purchase the 20-year-old - and providing they don't purchase another top-class striker in January, there's no doubt he would get games next season, despite the impressive recent form of Olivier Giroud.

Whether Chelsea would allow Arsenal to take him off their hands is another matter entirely, of course.

Manchester City

Similarly, Manchester City have the cash to purchase Lukaku, and could be tempted if they opt to sell Edin Dzeko in January or next summer.

But the Belgian would probably be less inclined to join the 2012 Premier League champions because Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo, the two first-choice strikers on City's books, aren't going anywhere.

Unless Manuel Pellegrini can offer Lukaku assurances over playing time, he's very unlikely to join the Citizens, even if a tempting contract offer landed his way.


A more likely destination, perhaps, is Juventus.

Lukaku shares the same agent as Juve midfielder Paul Pogba, who is reportedly on Chelsea's radar.

Could a swap deal happen in the near future? It's not beyond the realms of possibility - although the chances of Juventus agreeing to part ways with the gifted Pogba are, admittedly, slim.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid, arguably the biggest club in the world, would be difficult for Lukaku to turn down if they came knocking next summer.

The Belgian would need to really impress at Everton this season for Los Blancos to consider the young Belgian, but they're not exactly over-stocked with top-class strikers at present.

Gonzalo Higuain left in the summer, Karim Benzema could be off soon, which would leave Alvaro Morata as their first-choice striker.

Will the Spanish giants attempt to add Lukaku to their ranks?


Recent reports suggest Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino wants to bring, what most would refer to as, a "proper" striker to the Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi has struggled with injuries this season, and the Catalan giants have lacked a plan B since the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who performed well with Barca before his spectacular fall out with Pep Guardiola.

Martino could deploy a system which uses Lukaku as the team's focal point and Messi either in a deeper or wide role.

Getting the most out of Messi using this system could prove tricky, but that would be Martino's problem to solve.

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