The Football Transfer Tavern was quite surprised yesterday when reports emerged that Manchester United were already holding talks with Everton as they try to sign Seamus Coleman in the summer.
The 25-year-old Irish international has been one of the stars of Roberto Martinez’s Toffees side, but is under contract until June 2018 and that is thought to put a high price tag on his services.
Despite this, speculation indicates that former Everton manager David Moyes, who gave Coleman his chance in the Premier League, wants to fetch him to Old Trafford as he looks to replace Brazilian Rafael in his side.
Martinez has now been on the defensive confirming that his club have not been talking to anyone about the player’s future.
He told Sky Sports: “It must be a different Seamus Coleman because we’ve never had any discussions with anyone.
“I think the truth is that Seamus has been having a very good season and we want that to continue and hopefully in the next 10 games he can continue with the levels he’s shown and developing.
“He’s becoming a very, very important player at Everton, a very important player for his national team and obviously we want Seamus here for a long, long time. So it’s nothing to comment on.
“We’ve got a clear strategy of how we want to keep this group together, we’ve got a new generation coming through (and) we’re going to keep the senior players for as long as we can.
“Obviously that’s something we work on and it’s not going to change because of media speculation.”
It was reported yesterday that Coleman could be available for around £10million but given Everton’s reluctance to do business with United he could come at a higher price this summer.
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