Martinez has been weighing up his future since Wigan were relegated at the end of the season.
“Roberto wants to move on,” confirmed Whelan. “We will let him go but he’s on a 12-month rolling contract so if he moves someone will have to buy him out of his final year. Everton rang me and I said they have permission to talk to him.”
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