Chelsea warned top transfer target could cost more than £84m

Romelu Lukaku could be worth more than £84m this summer, according to former Everton boss Roberto Martinez

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku Photo: Romelu Lukaku / Instagram

Chelsea have been warned that Romelu Lukaku could cost them as much as £84m this summer by former Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

The Blues have been heavily linked with a possible summer swoop to bring the striker back to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season as Antonio Conte considers bolstering his squad ahead of next season.

Martinez was in charge of Everton when the Toffees signed Lukaku from Chelsea for £28m back in 2014 after Jose Mourinho deemed him to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

However, the Belgium boss now feels that Lukaku could have doubled or trebled his value since his arrival at Goodison Park.

Martinez told FourFourTwo, as quoted by Metro: “It’s difficult to say [if Everton can keep hold of Lukaku].

“What’s important is that as a club, if you lose a player, you lose him on your own terms.

“Rom has doubled or trebled the initial fee that Everton paid for him.

“In my eyes, potentially, he was worth more money. We knew he’d become the player he is now,

“Victor Moses became a really special player with Wigan, Ashley Williams became captain at Swansea, James McCarthy and Gareth Barry were really important for me at Everton.

“But Romelu was different – you were breaking all of the established rules to bring him to the club.”

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Chelsea are currently leading the way at the top of the Premier League table as they bid to win the title in Conte’s first season at the club.

The Blues are likely to be after some significant reinforcements in the summer as Conte prepares his side for a return to the Champions League next season.

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