He also hopes former Everton boss David Moyes sticks to his word and doesn't come back in for Baines
Roberto Martinez has not ruled out Marouane Fellaini leaving Everton during this transfer window – despite confirming the midfielder’s buy-out clause has expired.
Under the terms of Fellaini’s contract, the Goodison outfit would have been forced to sell if a club met the £23.5million asking price before July 31.
With no offers forthcoming despite rumoured interest from Manchester United, Everton are now under no such obligation and can negotiate their own price for the Belgian.
And while there is no pressure to sell to raise funds, Martinez has admitted the club would have to consider any realistic bid for Fellaini.
“We had no approaches for Marouane Fellaini,” said the Everton manager.
“Just because you have a clause it doesn’t mean you are stopped from putting a bid in for less money, but that’s never been the case.
“We are in the middle of the window and the speculation is ‘what if, what if’. We have got the start of the season on Saturday and all I am concentrating on is that game.
“If there is an offer on the table (for Fellaini) then we will have to look into it. I have always said that as a club you need to be able to cope with any situation.
“There is never a manager or a player who is bigger than the football club. The recruitment department at Everton and every department at the club is ready to cope with any situation that is thrown at us.
“But we need to make clear we are not talking about players to try and get money. We don’t have bags of money, but we don’t have to sell any players.”
Asked if he was surprised nobody has yet made an approach for Fellaini this summer, Martinez said: “I don’t want to be surprised that I am not losing a player. I think maybe clubs know he is very, very happy at Everton.
“I think this season, or this window is different in that a World Cup is just around the corner and sometimes players are quite happy not to unsettle their routine.
“At Everton we want to keep our best players. We want to improve window after window. If you lose players it’s harder.”
Buy-out clauses have become a talking point in England this summer, although they are far more commonplace on the Continent.
And Martinez added: “A buy-out clause is something we are not used to in the Premier League, but it is something you have a lot in Spain.
“It leaves things very clear. For a player, for a club you know where you stand. And what is important as well is those clauses they expire before the start of the season because it protects the football club.
“Yes, you are sweating on July 30, 31, but after that now it is just a matter that we don’t have to sell players we are not in a situation where we need an amount of money to balance the books. We are not in that situation at all.”
Martinez revealed earlier this week he considered United’s £12m bid for Leighton Baines earlier this summer, which was dismissed by Everton, as their final offer for the player.
And while the Spaniard hopes predecessor Moyes remains true to his word, he remains braced for further interest.
“You hope (that Moyes owes Everton), but I don’t look at that situation like that,” said the Spaniard.
“A manager looks at his squad, what he needs, what is available and he is looking at things from that point of view.
“I don’t think anyone thinks about the past and what you is right or is socially accepted.
“They made it clear it was their final offer. If someone tells you it is their final offer it should be their final offer.”