Marouane Fellaini has been strongly linked with a summer move to either Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal, while Leighton Baines is a major target for the Reds – but Everton boss Roberto Martinez says there have been no recent bids for the in-demand pair.
Fellaini has a well-publicised £24m release clause in his contract and it is widely expected that one of his suitors will activate it before it expires on July 31st.
Meanwhile, new United boss David Moyes is believed to be considering making an improved offer for England left-back Baines after seeing a £12m bid dismissed last month.
However, when asked if Everton had received any offers for the duo recently, Martinez said: “Not at all, not at all.
“I know that’s not what you might want to hear, but everyone here is focused on fighting for spots in the starting line-up and the competitive level in this group is impressive.”
Everton are an even-money chance to hang on to Fellaini, who they signed for a club record £15m from Standard Liege in 2008, beyond the end of the current transfer window.
Arsenal remain the 5/4 favourites to bring him to the Emirates this summer, even though boss Arsene Wenger is currently preoccupied with trying to force through the audacious capture of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
Ex-Everton boss Moyes is obviously a huge admirer of the Belgian midfielder’s talents after their successes together at Goodison Park and United are just adrift of the Gunners at 6/4 to secure his signature.
Chelsea have been linked with Fellaini in the past but they are as long as 10/1, probably due to manager Jose Mourinho’s claims that United hitman Wayne Rooney is his only remaining transfer target this summer.
However, the bwin bookmakers seem convinced that Baines will be on his way in the coming weeks, making United a very short 1/4 to successfully tempt him to Old Trafford.
Everton are priced at 13/10 to keep the former Wigan man past September 3rd but Martinez admitted that he cannot guarantee he will be able to persuade either of his star men to stay.
“You should never ask a manager that!” he said. “The modern game does not allow a manager to have that control.
“But I’m very excited, the squad is very strong. We have some good youngsters who I feel can come in and help the first team.”
Next up for Martinez and Everton is a trip to Ewood Park to face Blackburn on Saturday, with the Toffees priced as 17/20 favourites, the draw at 12/5 and Rovers a 13/5 chance.