Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he would have paid €125 million to make sure Romelu Lukaku was part of his team.
The Belgian striker joined the Merseyside club from Chelsea for €35 million in the transfer period, but is no stranger to the club having spent the last year on loan at Everton.
Speaking ahead of his side’s game against Chelsea in the English Premier League this weekend, Martinez has highlighted the importance of Lukaku.
“It's not about the value,” said Martinez.
“I would have paid €125m for Lukaku. If I had the money, yes, why not?
“The figure is insignificant. It is about the character and type of player you want in the group.
“Sometimes a player at €4m can be an expensive buy and sometimes a player at €35m can be a very cheap buy.”
Martinez is also adamant the striker will want to prove a point to his former manager Jose Mourinho when the side’s lock horns this weekend, but that does not mean Lukaku hasn’t been giving his all in the first two games of the league season.
“I know what you are saying. My answer is, of course, he is human and, leading up to the game, people will say 'you are facing your old team-mates and manager'. That's normal,” added the Everton manager.
“But what I am saying is that his level of performance will not change from against Arsenal or Leicester.
“He is not going through the motions, he is raising his levels for every game. Every game he is fresh so I do not see any difference at all for this game.”