What The Papers Say - 14 July
Martinez linked with moves for a defender and midfielder.
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Today’s papers contain lots of transfer talk relating to Everton.
The Sunday People claims Everton will be told this week that a £12million bid for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy is £8million short of the Latics’ valuation.
The same paper also says Roberto Martinez is ‘baulking’ at the £14million price tag Juventus have put on forward Alessandro Matri, who the Blues are also reported to be interested in. The 27-year-old Italian, who has won five caps for Italy in the past two years, still has two years remaining on his contract in Turin.
The Sunday People has also carried a story claiming that Leighton Baines will not wait for Manchester United to meet Everton’s asking price and will sign a new contract with the Blues if a deal with the Champions is not sorted before the start of the season.
The article says Martinez is adamant Everton do not want to sell the England left-back and it is believed Goodison chairman Bill Kenwright is only prepared to let Baines go for £18million.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror, Sunday Post and Sunday Express have all carried a story claiming Everton and Newcastle United have been quoted £5million to sign Porto defender Rolando. Martinez is apparently interested in the 27-year-old Portugal international, who snubbed QPR last season.