Everton’s top players could attract heavy interest this summer.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has told the Guardian that he is unfazed by interest in his top players because the club no longer need to sell as they can compete financially with any other club in the world.
The Toffees were the recent subject of a takeover from Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri, and as a result, they are set to unveil a new and exciting era for the Merseyside club.
Everton have always produced and later sold their top players, but Martinez feels this is no longer the case as he boldly claims that his side can now compete financially with any club in the world.
“We shouldn’t be afraid about losing players because financially we can compete against anyone in world football. Things have changed radically in that respect,” Martinez explained to the Guardian.
“In the last six windows we have become stronger and have made a more talented squad. That’s what we are going to carry on doing.
"We will speak about individual situations at the end of the season but we should not fear losing anyone because we can compete financially against anyone. To play for Everton should be an honour and a privilege.”
The players most likely to be linked with a move away from Goodison Park are John Stones, Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman and top scorer and Belgium international Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku, 22, has scored 18 goals and added a further six assists in 29 top-flight this season, and as a result has become Belgium’s outright top goal scorer in Premier League history.
The youngster's desire to play in the Champions League has been well documented, and Everton’s current standing in the bottom half of the league table is someway short of the Lukaku’s expectations.
While the club may now have the finances to hold on to their better players, they must start performing on the pitch as their rivals may tempt them away with the guarantee of challenging for the top honours.