Man United transfers: Everton must be braced for exits, says Martínez

Man United transfers: Roberto Martínez says Everton must be prepared for the possible exits of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini

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Marouane Fellaini scored 11 Premier League goals last season Photo: EA Sports, via Flickr

Roberto Martínez says Everton must be prepared for possible departures – but was tight-lipped on the futures of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.

The Everton duo were the subject of a £28m bid from the Red Devils almost a fortnight ago which was immediately rejected by the Toffees.

United boss David Moyes is reported to be weighing up an improved £20m offer for Everton’s giant Belgian, who was signed by the former Toffees boss from Standard Liege in 2007.

But Martínez insisted there is no update on the futures of his star pair, while the Everton boss criticised the transfer window.

“I speak with all the players,” Martínez told Sky Sports News. “So it’s disappointing when get so many stories going around and you do question where they are coming from.

“But there’s nothing to comment on and we’ll carry on waiting until the window shuts.”

He added: “You always need to make sure when the window closes, the squad is stronger than it was when you started.

“That doesn’t mean you will never lose players. It means you need to be prepared for any situation.

“That is what we are focusing on for the next four days in the window.

“There is a lot of speculation and stories, but once you have important games to prepare for, it is a bit of a farcical position that goes against the values we are trying to present in the Premier League.”

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