The Mirror today reveals to the Football Transfer Tavern that Everton boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that the club are yet to have begun new contract talks with Leighton Baines.
However the Toffees boss also stated that Baines would not be for sale on the cheap and told Manchester United they would have to meet their valuation for the England international if he was to leave Goodison Park in January.
Baines, who was the subject of a failed £36 million double offer from the Red Devils along with Marouane Fellaini, sees his contract with the Merseyside club expire in 18 months and that has led to suggestions they could be ready to cash in.
But the Everton chief has told United to forget about signing Baines unless they are going to really splash the cash.
Martinez said: “If I want a player I need to match the valuation to then put the other club and the player in a situation to make a decision.
“We have never been in a situation where the valuation has been matched with Leighton.
“As a club we don’t need the money. We don’t need to balance the books and that is a situation we wanted to have – to make football decisions, not financial decisions.
“We don’t want to sell Leighton. When you are in a position when you have to bring money then are relying on what you can sell. We are not in that position.”
Despite the interest from his former manager David Moyes, the 29-year-old is still at Goodison Park with another United bid expected in the upcoming transfer window. With no sign of a new deal for Baines on the table with the Toffees, a move to Old Trafford could yet be in the offing.
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