Everton’s Romelu Lukaku has reportedly turned down a contract extension and is determined to leave the club this summer.
The striker leads the goal-scoring charts in the premier league with 19 goals alongside Harry Kane and is keen on securing a move to one of the European powerhouses.
Given his form throughout his Everton career in particular, he won’t be short of suitors.
Here are five teams the Belgian could move to.
Lukaku was never fancied at Chelsea, rarely afforded an opportunity in the first team. After a couple of loan spells, Jose Mourinho finally cashed in on him but like Paul Pogba at Manchester United, Lukaku may relish the opportunity to return in triumph to the club that discarded him.
He would be reunited with childhood friends Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois while offering a solid option to Diego Costa with whom he could even compete for a starting berth.
It’s difficult to imagine Alexis Sanchez staying at Arsenal beyond this summer given his scintillating form since his arrival and his recent falling out with Arsene Wenger. Olivier Giroud has always been better off the bench and has proved unreliable as a regular starter.
Lukaku would ably slot in as the main striker. Wenger would no doubt gawk at the transfer fee but would he even be at the helm next season?
The French side are on the rise and while Radamel Falcao has enjoyed a resurgence this season, he’s not getting any younger. The 31-year-old may not be the ideal first choice striker come next season. Lukaku would certainly be a breath of fresh air in that role.
With Europe’s top clubs circling some of Monaco’s best players, they may have a war chest at their disposal in the summer and the Belgian, while expensive, would be an investment.
51% - Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 51% of Everton's goals in the Premier League this season (24 of 47). Force. pic.twitter.com/ByenlgQVBM— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 14, 2017
Antoine Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move away from Atletico, with Manchester United in particular being touted as the favourites for his signature.
Should the Frenchman be lured away, Diego Simeone’s men will have to replace his goals. Kevin Gameiro can’t be expected to lead the attack on his own. In Lukaku, they would get a striker in the same mould as Costa.
Similar to the scenario at Atletico, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had his head turned as well. The striker has been among the best goalscorers in Europe for the past couple of seasons and has made no secret of his desire to play for Real Madrid.
Despite the acquisition of Alexander Isak, Dotmund will need a more seasoned striker to ensure that they remain competitive and Lukaku could be that man.
Manchester City FC star Kevin De Bruyne has spoken of the passion of young footballers and fans in the UAE as Abu Dhabi prepares to host a youth football tournament featuring teams from across the Middle East, where more than 800 players as expected to take part.
The star midfielder was speaking ahead of the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup 2017 which will take place from March 24-25 at Zayed Sports City. The competition will feature youth football matches as well as free fun filled family activities and competitions for anyone to enjoy.
De Bruyne said: “To come and train in Abu Dhabi has allowed us to see what a great place it is for football and the young players will have the very best facilities to play on. There is passion here for the game and that is great to see – the more football events that take place the better.
“We are seeing football spreading all over the world and Abu Dhabi is a great place to really develop the game in this region. The Club spends a lot of time on youth development and I can see that continuing over the coming seasons.”
The inaugural Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup 2017, which is supported by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Etihad Airways, has already seen many teams from the UAE, Oman and Bahrain register to take part and is open to Under 10, 12, 14 and 16 sides.
The winning teams will be awarded with a training camp, which will be held in their own country and delivered by Manchester City coaches. One of the winning teams will also receive an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Etihad Campus in Manchester where they will get to train and experience first-hand, the same facilities as Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne.
Manchester City are giving away one team place per age group to the inaugural Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup 2017.
Taking place at Zayed Sports City in the UAE capital on March 24 and 25, one winning team will receive an unforgettable trip to the Etihad Campus in Manchester.
There, they will get to train and experience first-hand, the same facilities as Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and the rest of the City squads.
Three further teams will also be awarded with a training camp, which will be held in their own country and delivered by Manchester City coaches.
The four age groups for the tournament are below with one place available for each age group:
Under 10’s-Born on or after September 1st 2006 (7v7), Under 12’s-Born on or after September 1st 2004 (8v8), Under 14’s-Born on or after September 1st 2002 (9v9), Under 16’s Born on or after September 1st 2000 (9v9).