Over the past couple of months the transfers of Leighton Baines and Maruoane Fellaini away from Goodison park has been rife in the media.
Many media sources have stated that the pair are likely to follow ex-blues boss David Moyes up the M62. Arsenal are also reportedly interested in Fellaini, who is said to have a release clause in his contract.
Speculation insists that bids have been made for the two and rejected by Everton, but is this the case? New blues boss Roberto Martinez seems to think otherwise.
Sky Sports quote Martinez in a recent interview as saying: “There are no bids. When you read that someone is interested in someone, it doesn't mean there is a bid on the table.
“Marouane has been working really hard. Leighton Baines has been working really hard for the team and that's all that matters.
“Headlines in the media happen at this time of the season unfortunately but it won't distract me from the work we have to do. I'm not bothered at all.
“It is speculation in the media and you'll never stop that. I've said from day one as a manager you only concentrate on working hard. I don't mind having my players grabbing headlines. That's a good story because it means they've been doing well and performing well.
“I'm only concentrating on having as strong a squad as possible for the start of the season. That's all my concern is.”
So are the two destined to leave? Baines was questioned by three lads he gave a lift to the Blackburn match, and he wouldn't commit either way.
Fellaini recently signed a new contract with Everton and reportedly believes he has yet to fulfill his destiny at Everton. So with no bids made but surely bids imminent, will the Toffees keep their pivotal stars?
In his first transfer window this could be Martinez's most difficult challenge.
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