Transfer news: Marouane Fellaini keen on joining Manchester United as Roberto Martinez offers no guarantee he will stay at Everton
Manager Martinez criticises United's approach to their double offer for Fellaini and Leighton Baines
Marouane Fellaini has reportedly decided he wants to leave Everton to join Manchester United, and while Roberto Martinez says his club will do all they can to keep the player, he couldn’t guarantee that the midfielder will still be at Goodison Park after the transfer window closes.
Fellaini is unlikely to submit a transfer request to leave the club, but with the World Cup at the end of the season playing for a promising Belgium team, the 25-year-old’s value is set to get higher and he will be priced out of another big move next summer.
United have endured a frustrating time in transfer dealings this summer, with former Toffees’ manager David Moyes failing in a recent £28m double bid for Fellaini and Leighton Baines, an offer labelled "derisory and insulting" by Everton.
Manager Martinez could not say for definite he would be able to keep the players, but did reveal that they have no financial pressure to sell.
"Nobody can guarantee a player will be here on 3 September, in the same way you can't guarantee you'll have a squad that is fully fit,” Martinez said. “If I say I can guarantee they will stay I would be lying because if Real Madrid decides to give us €100m for a player I’m sure we will not be able to stop that.”
“We need to be realistic. I don’t want to lose anyone and financially the club do not have to sell, which is very important. Maybe in other moments, when the timing is wrong, you have a bid and you have to cash in. That is not the case.
Martinez questioned United’s professionalism over the public nature of their pursuit of Baines and Fellaini, suggesting it is a new way of dealing with transfers since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I have never seen Manchester United working in this manner before," the Spaniard said. “When you want a player you just do the business quietly, you get it done and that's it. I don't know if this is a new way of working at United. I don't expect a new bid. In fact, it wasn't even a bid because it never reached any sort of valuation of the players.”
Martinez was angered that United did not improve on the £12m that they previously offered for Baines, while the £16m valuation of Fellaini fell well below his buyout clause, which stood at £23m and expired in June. It is reported that Everton are holding out for more than £40m for the pair.
“There isn't an offer on the table where anyone would consider anything. If they'd matched the valuation maybe then you would listen to it but that hasn't been the situation.”
Latest in Sport
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao live: Mayweather puts on defensive masterclass to win by unanimous decision
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin on Sky Sports Box Office?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does the fight start and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Only 132 pubs in the United Kingdom will show the fight - so where can you watch it?
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
- 5 Teen suffers embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in front of deputy PM
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns