Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists he is not afraid of Romelu Lukaku leaving this summer after he indicated he would be open to a move to Manchester United or Bayern Munich.
Lukaku has scored 25 goals for Everton this season across all competitions and is the Premier League’s third-highest goalscorer this year, so there are going to be plenty of clubs interested in signing him this summer.
Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola is no stranger of having clients who are much sought after having been the agent to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba but Martinez believes the speculation around Lukaku is completely normal.
“It is normal,” Martinez said.
“The speculation is because he is performing well on the pitch.
“It is not unsettling. That should be the aspiration of everyone, to be as good as you can.
“We shouldn’t be afraid of losing players because financially we can compete against anyone in world football.
“At the end of the season we will have time to consider individual cases.”
Since the start of the 2011/12 season, Romelu Lukaku has scored 68 goals in 152 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea, West Brom and Everton combined.
With Lukaku, I do think he’ll leave Everton this summer but it will only be on their terms. They showed strong resolve in holding on to John Stones and I doubt Lukaku will leave for anything less than £60m in the current market. After all, he’s 22 and has already scored over 60 Premier League goals and played over 150 top flight games already which is some feat.
Do United need Lukaku? There aren’t many clubs in world football who don’t need an extra prolific striker but it all boils down to whether we want him or have eyes elsewhere. Would I like Lukaku? I thought the right time to swoop was when he left Chelsea and signing him now would cost an arm and a leg but it’s not my money so I’m not fussed how much we’d pay.
In terms of somebody who fits United’s mould, Lukaku fits the bill. Young, precociously talented and determined to be the world’s best, he’s the sort of player who could thrive at Old Trafford and after some questionable signings in recent years, especially from Everton in particular, we could do far worse than chase Lukaku this summer.