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Everton boss makes no guarantees over duo

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted he can’t guarantee either Leighton Baines or Maraoune Fellaini will start next season at Goodison Park, according to the Daily Mirror. 

Manchester United have reportedly taken a strong interest in the pair, with David Moyes keen to bring players he knows well to Old Trafford.

The Toffees have already turned down a £12million bid from United for Baines, whilst Fellaini remains the first choice alternative to Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal are also thought to be keen on the Belgian midfielder, who has a reported £23.5million release clause in his current contract.

The Gunners are yet to table an official offer, and are hoping they can use Fellaini’s desire to leave Goodison Park as a tool to sign the player for cheaper later in the transfer window.

Martinez has revealed he has received no new offers for either player, but that he would be unable to stand in either’s way should an improved offer come in before the close of the transfer window.

“You should never ask a manager that!” said the Blues boss. “The modern game does not allow a manager to have that control.

“I don’t think speculation is healthy. We are just trying to become as good as we can before the transfer window closes.

“If we get clubs talking about our players we take it as compliment because it means the players have been impressing and doing really well.”

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