Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has given Everton permission to speak to manager Roberto Martinez after the Spaniard asked to leave the club.
At a crunch meeting Martinez told Whelan he was ending his four-year association with the Latics after they dropped out of the Premier League despite winning the FA Cup.
Whelan will not stand in the way of his manager, who is on a one-year rolling contract, and will demand compensation from whichever club he joins.
Everton, looking to replace David Moyes who has gone to Manchester United, appear to be in pole position after requesting permission to speak to Martinez over the weekend.
“Roberto wants to move on,” Whelan said.
“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.”
There’s no let-up in the action for the top English players as they are in action at Wembley tonight against the Republic Of Ireland before travelling to Rio to take on the might of Brazil.
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is enthused by the prospect.
“These games don’t come around too often and to play Republic Of Ireland at Wembley is going to be a really good stage for us to show what we can do.
“And then to go to Brazil and play in the Maracana is something that all of the lads are really looking forward to.”
Liverpool’s Glen Johnson added:“Any team that plays England at Wembley always wants to go away with a win so I don’t think it will be much of a friendly.
“We know the majority of their players anyway so I’m sure it will be a ferocious game.”