Mail Online report that Manchester United target Marouane Fellaini wants to leave Everton this summer before his asking price increases next year.
The 25-year-old Belgian international midfielder has already been subject of a rejected joint £28 million from Old Trafford along with Toffees left back Leighton Baines.
Everton value him at over £23 million and are unwilling to sell to their former manager David Moyes after his unceremonious pursuit for their best two players.
That leaves Moyes with a fight on his hands although Fellaini is reportedly keen on a move to Old Trafford as he looks to improve his chances of a starting berth for Belgium at next summer’s World Cup.
A successful showing in Brazil could further increase his price tag and he believes it would be beneficial for his career if he departed Goodison Park after five years on Merseyside.
His current manager Roberto Martinez said of United’s bid: “I have never seen Manchester United working in this manner before. When you want a player you just do the business quietly.
“I don’t know if this is a new way of working. I don’t expect a new bid. We’re not in that position. There isn’t an offer on the table where anyone would consider anything.”
Martinez said Everton chairman Bill Kenwright was left feeling ‘angry, disappointed and hurt’ by United’s bid. “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,” said Martinez.
“The way it is, you are going to get clubs making bids. When a club financially needs the money, sometimes you can sell players at the value. But at Everton, believe me, we don’t need to sell and we don’t want to sell so that makes things very easy.”