Roberto Martinez argues why selling a key player could benefit Everton

Everton are likely to have to fend off interest in the likes of Romelu Lukaku, John Stones and Ross Barkley.

Roberto Martinez has told the Guardian that Everton could benefit from selling one of their prized prospects.

The Toffees are believed to be eager to offer Romelu Lukaku, John Stones and Ross Barkley new contracts, as they look to tie down their key players for the future.

However, it is likely that Everton will have to fend of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs to keep hold of the talented trio.

And Martinez admits that he is not fearful about losing any of his players, as he believes Everton will be able to replace them.

“Not really, no,” Martinez said, when asked whether keeping the likes of Romelu Lukaku, John Stones and Ross Barkley would be key for Everton to have success in the future.

“If Manchester United cannot keep Cristiano Ronaldo, that is a sign of a modern game. If you sell a player for those sorts of amounts, you can get the benefit of adding three or four players.”

Everton would likely receive huge money if they were to sell Lukaku, Stones or Barkley and they are now under no pressure to accept bids.

The Toffees have received new investment from Farhad Moshiri, and they now have the financial strength to compete with most sides.

Everton may not have European football to offer their squad next season, however, unless they are able to win the FA Cup - as their Premier League form has been poor.

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