Everton manager has questioned the manner in which Manchester United have approached Everton
Roberto Martinez admits he cannot guarantee Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini will not leave Everton FC during the transfer window.
And the Goodison manager has questioned the actions of the new regime at Manchester United in their pursuit of the duo.
United have been given little encouragement in their attempt to reunite new manager David Moyes with his former club’s two most prized assets, Everton last week rejecting a joint £28million bid as “derisory and insulting”.
Goodison officials are braced for an improved approach from the Old Trafford outfit, who are expected to now split the offer for Baines and Fellaini, whose £23.5m contract clause expired at the end of last month.
And while himself not anticipating any further bid, Martinez accepts there is still a chance one or both of Baines and Fellaini could depart despite the transfer deadline now only 11 days away.
“Nobody can guarantee a player will be here on September 3, in the same way you can't guarantee you'll have a squad that is fully fit,” said the Spaniard.
“If I could guarantee they will stay, I would be lying to you because if Real Madrid decides to give us 100m euros for a player I am sure we will not be able to stop that.
“You can't guarantee anything, but I don't have anxiety. I don’t expect a new bid.
“If they (United) had matched the valuation maybe then you would listen to one of the players or have to open up but that hasn’t been the situation.
“There’s been a lot of talk but all we’ve had is a bid that doesn’t go anywhere near the reality so it doesn’t go any further really.”
Martinez revealed yesterday that Everton chairman Bill Kenwright was “angry, disappointed and hurt” at United’s offer.
With Moyes replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as manager and Ed Woodward succeeding David Gill as chief executive, there has been a changing of the guard at Old Trafford.
And Martinez admitted: “I have never seen Manchester United working in this manner before. 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.
“They haven’t (bullied us). You can imagine, there’s been a previous relationship of 11 years with a manager and he had a great relationship with the chairman so you can imagine it is extra sensitive.
“But at Everton, believe me, we don’t need to sell and we don’t want to sell so that makes things very easy.”
Everton were particularly upset that United’s bid valued Fellaini at £16m, less than the £17.5m the Goodison outfit ultimately paid Standard Liege for the Belgian in 2008.
With Liege to receive 20% of any sale, it means Everton would seek a significantly greater offer before even considering selling the midfielder.
“Clearly, if you invest a certain amount in a player and that player is one of the outstanding performers in the league, then I'm sure that price has gone up,” added Martinez.
“It is common sense, isn't it? I think the market brings the valuation, and there are normal aspects – the age of the player, the length of the contract, but then it is very easy to look at the current price of that type of player in the market. That gives you a valuation.
“But we are not talking here me trying to feed a price for a player – I don't want to sell. That would be wrong.
“But what is clear is if you want to buy a player and he's been a good performer, you must offer a higher value than what the club invested to get him. That is common sense.”