Everton manager Roberto Martinez has put a price-tag of £55million on his Belgium international striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored again in the 1-1 draw against West Ham on Saturday.
The former Chelsea striker has already scored seven goals in the Premier League this season, including braces in the 3-0 victory at Southampton and 3-2 triumph at West Brom.
Martinez managed to keep John Stones out of Chelsea’s clutches in the summer and is upbeat about his chances of keeping Lukaku, who is the latest Everton player to be targeted by a number of leading clubs.
Former Wigan Athletic and Swansea City boss Martinez believes the 22-year-old will be best served by staying at Goodison Park and going on to break records with the Toffees.
When asked about the £45million price tag that had been put on former Anderlecht striker Lukaku’s head, Martinez said: “Now it is £55million!
“The real problem is when the chairman or owner of the club says we need to cash in on two or three players. That is not the situation at Everton. Lukaku wants to break records. He wants to improve and be the best in the world.”
Lukaku is set to play for Belgium, who have qualified for Euro 2016, in their international friendlies against Italy and Spain in the next week.
Meanwhile, Everton face Aston Villa at Goodison Park on Saturday 21st November and are 1.50 to win the game, while Villa are 6.50 and the draw is priced at 4.00.
Since joining Everton, initially on loan 26 months ago, Lukaku has found the net 32 times in 79 Premier League appearances for the club.