Man United transfers: Everton under no pressure to sell Marouane Fellaini
Man United transfers: Everton chairman Bill Kenwright says Roberto Martínez is under no pressure to sell Marouane Fellaini
Bill Kenwright says Everton manager Roberto Martínez is under no pressure to sell his star players, including Marouane Fellaini, to raise transfer funds this summer.
The Spaniard was named as David Moyes’ successor at Goodison Park on Wednesday, with the new Toffees manager immediately targeting Champions League qualification.
His predecessor managed to guide Everton to the brink of a top-four finish on a limited budget, with talisman Fellaini being linked with a big-money move to Manchester United.
While Everton chairman Kenwright admits the Belgian does have a £24m buyout clause in his contract, the Toffees chief has assured Martínez he won’t need to sell before strengthening this summer.
“He [Martínez) talked about a couple of new signings and he talked about the squad and asked ‘Do they need to go?’,” said Kenwright.
“I said ‘No, they absolutely do not have to go’ [although] there is one [Fellaini] that has a get-out which everyone knows.”
Kenwright, who has made no secret of his desire to find new investors for the Toffees, insisted Martínez will get 100 per cent of any money raised from sales in the transfer window.
“He [Martínez] was as interested in what I wanted as much as what he wanted,” added Kenwright.
“I said to him ‘I can’t sit here and give you a line because we all know money is everything in football – this is the money we’ve got and I will try to improve on it.
“We are desperate to find new owners and new investment but he will get support from everyone at the club and all the financial support – and by that I mean if he sells someone he won’t get 80 per cent of that he’ll get 100 per cent.
“Plus he has a certain amount of money for the transfer window which David was going to have.”