Martinez expects to lose Manchester United target Fellaini

The Belgian has his heart set on a move to a Champions League club, but the Toffees boss is more confident of keeping Leighton Baines despite interest in both men from David Moyes
By Greg Stobart

Everton manager Roberto Martinez expects Marouane Fellaini to leave the club this summer, but the Spaniard remains hopeful of keeping Leighton Baines at Goodison Park, Goal understands.

Both the midfielder and left-back are targets for Manchester United as former Toffees boss David Moyes looks to bolster his squad and aid his side’s title defence following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

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Moyes' priority is to sign a central midfielder and the Scot has turned his attention to Fellaini having missed out on a number of high-profile targets this summer, most notably Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas.

Fellaini is keen on a move to Old Trafford and Martinez has privately admitted to friends that he expects the £22 million-rated Belgian to leave the club, with plans already in place to sign potential replacements.

"Roberto is preparing to lose Fellaini next season but he thinks the team will be ready for it," a source close to Martinez told Goal. "Baines is a slightly different matter as United don’t look like offering the money Everton want and the player won’t kick up a fuss."

United’s task of prising the 25-year-old from Goodison Park have been made tougher by dint of the fact the player’s buyout clause expired on July 31. Had the clause been triggered a transfer would have been "straightforward", according to Martinez.

The Spaniard is, however, more confident of keeping Baines on Merseyside despite United’s continuing interest in the England left-back having failed earlier this summer with a £12m bid.

Martinez has reviewed every game Everton played last season and believes Baines is more important than Fellaini to the way he wants to play in the new season.

Both players are understood to have conducted themselves well throughout the summer but Fellaini has made no secret of his desire to play for a club in the Champions League.

The 25-year-old was a target for Arsenal earlier in the summer but the Londoners have now turned their attention to Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who is also being targeted by Wolfsburg.

Fellaini operated in a largely attacking midfield role for Everton last season, scoring 11 Premier League goals, but Moyes is believed to want the former Standard Liege man to play in a deeper position should he move to Old Trafford.

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