Former Everton player Terry Phelan suggested to Extra Time for talkSPORT that he feels his old side will bite if a team offers a carrot to sign Seamus Coleman this summer.
The Daily Star reported last January that Manchester United were interested in making a move for the defender, with a £25 million price doing the rounds in reports.
“Coleman has been a real bargain buy. If someone big comes in for him, I’m sure they’ll look for the money and look for offers off him,” said Phelan.
If United or any other side offered Everton a massive price for Coleman at the end of the season, it would be difficult for the Toffees to resist.
Financially it would represent good value and the side does have cover on the right in the form of John Stones, though the youngster has looked impressive playing centrally in the heart of the back four.
However, manager Roberto Martinez has always been very protective of his key first team stars. He won’t make it easy for any side to come into the equation and poach a player who is important to the integrity of the back four.
Coleman may not have been at his best this season, but he represents an experienced Premier League player, who will make things difficult for attacking players when they face up against the Toffees.
Martinez would have his work cut out to find a replacement who is equally effective and similar in terms of the experience and quality he provides, regardless of the impressive amount of cash the club could get out of a deal.