Everton manager Roberto Martinez says thereÂ’s no temptation to sell Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Bainesas they brace themselves for further interest from Manchester United. Everton turned down a Â£28million offer for the highly-rated pair earlier this week and said the bid from Old Trafford as Â“derisory and insultingÂ”. It remains to be seen whether United, now managed by former Toffees boss David Moyes, make an improved bid but Martinez says it would not be welcomed.
The Spaniard said: Â“There is no temptation. In football you want to keep your best performers and that is where we are. Â“You always get into a debate when there is a club that matches the valuation of a player. Then you need to make a decision. Â“That has never been the case and where we are is we want to keep out most influential players and build from that. Â“It has been well reported what the approach has been. We take it as a football compliment and move on. Now the focus has to be the games.Â”
Several managers in the Premier League have expressed their frustration that the summer transfer window remains open after the start of the season. There have been calls for it to close before the first game but that would not mirror the situation in other European leagues.