Everton latest: Lukaku completes five-year, £24m Goodison return

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There's really no other place to start with Everton today than with the news that striker Romelu Lukaku has completed a permanent return to Merseyside. The Belgian international, 21, spent last season on loan at Everton from Chelsea last term, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances, establishing himself as one of the top goalscorers in the Premier League.

With his relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho seemingly fractious, the departure of the former Anderlecht wonderkid has seemed inevitable, yet it's still quite a surprise that Everton - a club famed for being prudent in the transfer market - have forked out a reported £24m in order to land Lukaku on a five-year-deal.

It's the second piece of great news in as many days for the Toffees, who secured the future of midfielder Ross Barkley on a new and extended contract until 2018. The 20-year-old starred last season, but Roberto Martinez has set him just one challenge - to make sure he's in the starting XI on a regular basis.

"For us, it is very simple," said Martinez. "We will get many questions now about what he has to achieve but we want so much competition in the squad that all Ross has to concentrate on is trying to be in the team. It’s as simple as that."

"For a young player that is all you need. When you start thinking ‘I need to score more than seven goals this season’ or ‘I need to do this’ or ‘I need to do that’ then you can lose focus. When you lose focus on what you have to do to be in the first-team then everything becomes very complicated.

"For Ross, it will be the same as every other player in the squad: you need to earn the right to be in the first 11," added the Spaniard.

Earlier this week, Martinez added a new face to his midfield with the signing of Bosnian international Muhamed Besic. The 21-year-old arrives from Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros for a fee believed to be in the region of £4m, and whilst he has outlined his preferred position in the Everton side, he says that is down to the manager.

"First impressions have been really good," said Besic. "The whole set up is fantastic at the club. I had three weeks’ break (after the World Cup) but now I am fit and focused on the task at hand. I am raring to go. I have been looking to make that extra move up in the last couple of years and so I’m happy to make that move now."

"I will play wherever the coach wants me to play. But if it is down to me then I would play a holding midfield role. I have got respect for my team-mates and they are great players but I have come here to play. I’m here to do my best and see how far we can get."

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