Roberto Martinez has insisted that Everton’s strong financial position this summer means they do not have to sell any players to balance their books.
Everton have rejected multiple bids from Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines having stood firm that they want more money if they are to sell.
Speaking to Liverpool’s Radiocity96.7 after Everton’s 0-0 draw with Cardiff, Martinez also insisted that despite their good financial position, he still couldn’t guarantee the pair would be at the club by the end of the window.
“You always want to keep your good performers and obviously we had a lot of interest for some of our players which I see as a fantastic compliment.
“We are in a very good financial position. The truth is we don’t have to sell to balance any books and that gives you a good strength.
“You never what is going to happen but the truth is that we are in a very strong position to make sure we finish the window in a stronger position than we were when it started.”
It is likely that Everton’s stronger financial position has come as a consequence of increased TV revenue that has seen every Premier League club paid on average £25 million more from 2013 onwards. Under David Moyes, Everton generally had to sell every summer to reinvest but it seems that trend has not continued this year.
What strikes me as strange is that Moyes did not make a move for Fellaini when his release clause was active. It suggests that the Belgian was never a target for Moyes until failed bids for Cesc Fabregas forced him to play his hand because if he is to bring the 25-year-old to Old Trafford this summer, he will likely have to pay more than his expired release clause.