Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Martinez Denies United Have Deal Set for Stones

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Martinez Denies United Have Deal Set for Stones

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ROBERTO Martinez insists there is no agreement allowing United target John Stones to leave Goodison Park at the end of the season.

Everton are bracing themselves for a fresh round of bids for their England defender.

United have watched the 21-year-old this season ahead of a potential summer move.

It is understood that offers in excess of Pounds 45m could be enough to tempt Everton to cash-in.

But after rejecting Chelsea's bid of Pounds 38m last summer, Martinez says there is no verbal agreement, allowing one of his prize assets to walk away.

"It would be very negative," said the Everton manager. "If you do that could you imagine the last two months for that player? "He would never put a leg in or never challenge for the ball. …

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