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Five possible destinations for Romelu Lukaku

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After enjoying yet another stellar campaign for Everton, in a season which for the club was yet another disappointment, Romelu Lukaku's patience appears to have finally worn thin. 

After scoring 25 goals in 46 appearances for the Toffees last season, Lukaku's future at the club has been repeatedly called into question, as the Liverpool-based club laboured to an 11th placed finish. 

Speculation regarding the Belgian's future was sent into overdrive, when the striker himself confirmed that he was looking to leave the club, aiming to join a club in next year's Champions League, for 'the good of his career'.

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With the towering 23-year-old looking set to leave to leave this summer, we take a look at five of the most likely destinations for the hit-man across Europe. 

Chelsea

The club that Lukaku idolised as a child, as well as the club that sold him in 2014 to current employers Everton, a move back to Chelsea would certainly appear to be a contentious decision for both parties.

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A lot has changed over the past two seasons, however. Chelsea have made their way through two managers, before finally settling on current boss Antonio Conte, whilst Lukaku has developed from a precocious talent, into one of the most fearsome strikers the league has to offer. 

Despite also having been spurned by Chelsea after his dream move to Stamford Bridge, Lukaku is said to hold no hard feelings about the decision to sell him, recognising that the move was both for the good of his career, as well as one that Chelsea could not refuse.

Although Lukaku would certainly make a fine addition to any squad in the world, the likelihood of Chelsea making an offer for their former man may hinge on the decision of whether or not they decide to keep controversial striker Diego Costa.

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Despite scoring 32 league goals for the club in only 54 appearances, Costa's name has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons as often as it has for the right, with the Spanish striker now being linked with a move back to former club Atletico Madrid.

Irrespective of the Costa situation, Chelsea remain heavy favourites with the bookies to secure Lukaku's signature - currently being priced at only 8/13 with SkyBet

The only potential snag in any deal is that, despite remaining a club with a much greater level of European pedigree than current side Everton, Chelsea will play no part in next years Champions League, something Lukaku has repeatedly stated is a key factor in determining where his next move will take him. 

Despite not being in next years contest, Chelsea will certainly be in with a good shout of qualifying for the tournament next season under new manager Antonio Conte. If Lukaku is to move this window, expect to see Chelsea's name heavily involved. 

Borussia Dortmund

A club with a strong history of talented, world-class strikers, Dortmund are a team who are both in next year's Champions League, and reportedly looking in the market for a world-class striker.

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After losing the world-renowned Robert Lewandowski to domestic and European rivals Bayern Munich on a free transfer two seasons ago, Dortmund are said to still be looking for a 20 goal-a-season striker to partner the in-demand Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front.

Having also qualified for next season's Champions League after one year out of the competition, Dortmund would also almost certainly be able to make a sizeable enough offer for Everton to at least consider selling should they so wish.

Priced at 20/1 with various bookies, Dortmund remain a relative outside bet in terms of Lukaku's next career move. 

Should they lose Gabonese striker Aubameyang this window, however - the forward has been strongly linked with a potential £60 million away from the club, with a host of clubs said to be interested - expect to see this price fall sharply.

Paris Saint-Germain 

A club for whom Lukaku's £60 million price tag certainly wouldn't be an issue, Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with a move for the striker in recent weeks.

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Having already resigned themselves to the fact that talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has decided on a move away from the club, PSG certainly have a mammoth task on their hands in terms of finding a replacement. 

Amidst strong reports that former Napoli striker Edinson Cavani could also be on how way out of the club over the summer, PSG are now said to have lined up Lukaku as a possible alternative to the pair. 

Priced at only 3/1 with a variety of bookies, PSG remain second favourites - after Chelsea - to secure Lukaku's signature before the summer transfer window comes to a close.

Another huge factor which may swing Lukaku's decision in their favour is also Paris Saint-Germain's owners attitude towards the Champions League - the contest which the striker is so desperate to be a part of.

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Having already established themselves as a dominant force in France's Ligue 1, PSG are not going to rest on their laurels until they have conquered the European contest as well, reportedly being willing to spend whatever it takes to make this dream a reality.

With cash to burn, and potentially two iconic strikers to replace this summer, a move to PSG would certainly make a lot of sense for both involved parties.

Manchester United

Another club with a near bottomless transfer war-chest, Manchester United are looking to spend this transfer window, and spend big. 

With newly appointed manager Jose Mourinho being tasked with restoring former glories to the Old Trafford club once again, having a world-class striker at the fore of his team will be a necessity.

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As previously mentioned, Lukaku is also said to hold no animosity against his former manager, and would be willing to work under the Portuguese tactician once again, if it meant fulfilling his dream of playing within Europe. 

Like former club Chelsea however, this dream would not immediately be met upon arrival.

Having missed out on Champions League football for next term to local rivals Manchester City on the last day of the season, Lukaku would be forced to wait a minimum of 12 months before he could start strutting his stuff in Europe's premier club competition. 

With United reportedly willing to spend heavily and consistently until they are re-established as one of the league's best teams, this European absence is surely nothing more than an anomaly however, and a move across to Manchester might just benefit the towering striker in the long term.

With odds of 9/1 on a potential move to the Theatre of Dreams, United remain firmly amongst the favourites to complete a deal for the striker. 

Tottenham Hotspur

Imagine, an attacking front line consisting of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Romelu Lukaku. It's enough to make any Premier League fan drool at the prospect. Unless you support Arsenal.

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After their most successful season in Premier League history - a campaign which finally saw them restored to the Champions League - Tottenham are reportedly looking to add world-class talent to their already promising squad.

With their most common issue last season being an over-reliance on star-man Harry Kane, a move for a proven striker who could partner the Englishman up top certainly makes a lot of sense. 

Whether or not Tottenham would be willing to part with £60 million for a player who might still find himself playing second fiddle to one of his teammates, however, remains to be seen. 

Currently priced at 25/1, Tottenham remain a slight outside bet, but also remain above fellow Champions League competitors and European heavyweights Real Madrid (28/1) and Juventus (33/1) - both of whom have also been linked with the Belgian in recent weeks.

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