Everton face hefty bill to prise Martinez from Wigan

Everton’s hopes of taking Roberto Martinez from Wigan Athletic may have hit a stumbling block in the shape of the £5m compensation fee that would be due to the recently relegated side, according to the Daily Mirror.

Martinez is expected to tell Latics owner Dave Whelan this week that he wants to leave the club after his four years in charge ended with an FA Cup triumph and Premier League relegation. But Whelan will demand a large amount of money in return – and can do so as Martinez’s rolling contract does not contain a set release clause.

The newspaper claims Whelan will hold out for a figure in the region of £5m – having used a similar strategy when Sunderland hired Steve Bruce from the DW Stadium. Whelan then spent that money on acquiring Martinez from Swansea City.

Everton owner Bill Kenwright may hesitate at meeting Whelan’s demands after losing David Moyes on a free transfer to Manchester United when the Scot’s contract expired and a fee of £5m would represent a significant chunk of Everton’s summer transfer budget, the Mirror adds.

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