Romelu Lukaku is making a name for himself as one of the hottest young strikers in the game, and after a stellar season has attracted interest from a number of the world’s elite clubs. The Belgian recently turned down a contract extension with Everton, showing his eagerness for a move away to a team that are challenging for the Champions League title.
The latest news reports suggest that Bayern Munich are now in the race to sign the player, and are hoping to beat the Toffees’ Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea to acquire his services. But would a move to the Bundesliga champions be a wise move for the prolific powerhouse?
Lukaku had his best season ever in England’s top flight last term, scoring 25 goals and narrowly missing out on the Golden Boot to Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane. He found the back of the net every 131 minutes, which was superior to Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa, and Zlatan Ibrahimović. As such, the Goodison Park outfit have stamped a whopping £100 million valuation on the 24-year-old, but it is a sum that many top teams are expected to be happy to meet.
Chelsea and Man U have long been linked with a move for the Everton striker, but now the German Champions appear to be looking to snatch him away. There is no doubt that the Bavarian outfit can afford to pay the forward whatever he demands, and rumours are also circulating that Lukaku’s father is keen on the move.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side won the league comfortably last season, with a 15-point lead on the second-placed side RB Leipzig. Perhaps inevitably, Bayern Munich are favourites in the early Bundesliga betting to do the business again in the 2017/2018 campaign, with or without Lukaku.
The problem for Lukaku is that Bayern already have an exceptional attacking force led by Robert Lewandowski, who scored an astonishing 30 goals in the German top flight last term. With the experienced Polish international showing no signs of slowing down his explosive scoring rate anytime soon, it begs the question as to how often Lukaku would even start in Ancelotti’s side.
At this stage of his career, it would be devastating for the Belgian to be reduced to bench-warming duties and it is imperative that he continues his development; this is why he needs to think long and hard before joining a team of Bayern’s stature.
Chelsea or United seem like much better options on the face of it. Jose Mourinho’s side need a replacement for Ibrahimović as he may be moving on to pastures new this summer. The same might be the case for Costa at Chelsea, as there is talk of him moving to China. Lukaku could, therefore, walk straight into either side and take up the number one role at the focal point of the attack.
Although moving to a club like Bayern with such a successful and rich history may seem like an opportunity of a lifetime, Lukaku should think about where he will get the most play time. In any case, if he carries on in the same way he has for the last few seasons, these elite clubs will still be scrambling for his signature for many years to come.