Roberto Martinez appears very confident of completing the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea.
The Belgian international striker spent a season-long loan at Goodison Park during the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, further demonstrating his burgeoning class and exciting potential with 15 goals in 31 appearances for the Toffees.
Everton have been frequently linked with a permanent swoop for Lukaku throughout the summer transfer window to date and, according to reports from Sky Sports, the club's affable manager has not been shy in sharing his belief that the club will get such an impressive deal over the line.
"Of course, we'll get him," Martinez is said to have responded to a fan when questioned over the possibility of Everton securing the Chelsea forward's return to Merseyside.
Such confidence is certainly admirable, although the path to Lukaku's signature does not appear to be a particularly clear one for Martinez.
If indeed Chelsea do wish to sell Lukaku - and the recent return of Didier Drogba to Stamford Bridge would appear to hint strongly at that outcome - there are a host of other suitors who could offer him the opportunity for regular first-team football at the highest level.
Serie A champions Juventus, Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg and even Spanish giants Real Madrid have all been mentioned with regards to the powerful 21-year-old, with the latter looking to replace the recently-departed Alvaro Morata.
As well as the existence of such fierce competition, Everton's chances of landing Lukaku on a full-time basis may be hindered by his price tag.
According to recent speculation, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is seeking an eye-watering £31 million to part with the former Anderlecht starlet, a fee that would be a club-record for Everton by a considerable distance were they to pay it.
Martinez - who appears set to complete a deal to bring Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Muhamed Besic to the club in the coming days - will presumably be hoping that Lukaku's prior experience with Everton may hold considerable sway during any future negotiations.
Chelsea fans, what do you make of the situation involving Lukaku? Would Chelsea be right to sell him, or do you feel that Mourinho should be looking to give him a chance to prove himself at Stamford Bridge? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box provided below.
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