Martinez: £50m for Barkley? United can forget it, that wouldn't even get him on loan

By John Edwards

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Roberto Martinez laughed off reports of an imminent £50million Manchester United bid for Ross Barkley and told them: ‘You wouldn’t even get him on loan for that.’

Barkley’s stunning impact in his first full season at the heart of Everton’s midfield has alerted David Moyes and sent him soaring to the top of the United manager’s hit list for the January transfer window.

But when it was put to Martinez that a £50million offer could be heading his way when the window opens, the Everton boss said: ‘How much? 50? No, I’m sorry, we won’t be letting him go out on loan!’

Promising talent: Everton's Ross Barkley (right) has emerged as one of the country's best young midfielders

Promising talent: Everton's Ross Barkley (right) has emerged as one of the country's best young midfielders

As a further blow to Moyes’ hopes of launching another audacious raid on his old club, after signing Marouane Fellaini on deadline-day at the start of the season, Martinez insisted Everton were no longer susceptible to big-money bids and were on a sound enough financial footing to dictate whether players stay or go.

‘If you have to bring money in, you can get a bit anxious when you read about interest in your players, but that is not the case here,’ he said. ‘We are in a strong position financially, so it is not an irritation or worry to see this sort of speculation.

‘The financial stability we have at this club now means we can make footballing decisions, based on what is best for us on the pitch, and that is what will happen in the January window. We are looking to bring in one or two new faces, and I can guarantee you we will be stronger for the second half of the season.

Good form: Ross Barkley's influence has been key in Everton's fine start to the 2013/2014 season

Good form: Ross Barkley's influence has been key in Everton's fine start to the 2013/2014 season

‘It is a real compliment when other clubs are looking at your players, because it means they – and the team as a whole – are doing the right things. But I am confident we can resist any bid that comes in. Absolutely I am. There is not even a doubt about that. We have done that before and we can do it again, and I have no concerns whatsoever about Ross’ head being turned by all the attention he is getting.

‘He was born to be on a football pitch, and the time he spent out injured earlier in his career helped him mature a lot and not take anything for granted.

'I repeat, any decisions in the January window will be based on football, not finance, and will be made to improve us as a team and a squad. I can guarantee that 100 per cent.’

Club building: Roberto Martinez has made a surprisingly good start at Everton since succeeding David Moyes

Club building: Roberto Martinez has made a surprisingly good start at Everton since succeeding David Moyes

Talent spotter: Manchester United manager David Moyes hopes to strengthen his midfield in January

Talent spotter: Manchester United manager David Moyes hopes to strengthen his midfield in January

Big-money move: Everton now appear a stronger side after Marouane Fellaini's transfer to United

Big-money move: Everton now appear a stronger side after Marouane Fellaini's transfer to United

 

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Martinez, brilliant manager, wicked sense of humour, talking his players up before any offers are made, class !

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RM simply answered a silly question from a journo with a silly remark. Ross is not for sale, simple as that. He wouldn't play for Moyes again anyway. Showed no faith in him last season , now has a Manager who will give him the confidence to go out and play. He's at the best club for his development.

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"Roberto Martinez laughed off reports of an imminent £50million Manchester United bid for Ross Barkley" Not as much as David Moyes laughed when he heard about one of the most ridiculous transfer rumours of the season. Yes, the notoriously tight United, who spent the whole summer trying to get Baines and Fellaini for about 10 quid, are going to offer Everton £50 Million for a player who's only ever had 6 or 7 good games in the Premier League in his life.

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Do it !... 50 mil, for one kid on a good season ?! ... its a business no-brainer. Let manu have him.

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Well done Roberto for telling United that they can't continue to cherry pick the best talent from other clubs in this country. They haven't produced a talent 'in house' since the Beckham days, but hey, they'll try to stay at the top by buying everyone else's. It doesn't matter who the players are - they'll try to buy cheap and/or 'tap up' when they can. They got Rooney on the cheap, and now try to get Barkley on the cheap when he has at least 12 great years ahead of him, Moyes wouldn't play him whilst at Everton, but wants him now that Roberto has 'brought him through'. I suggest that Moyes's buys Osman as he used to play him every week, and he is a Moyes type of player. Every club should do as Roberto has done and refuse to sell to United - what will they do when they can't continue to buy the best young talent from other clubs? I shudder to think!

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You've just summed up neatly what Man Utd are all about,anyway,happy new year blues!

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50 mil for A 20 year old give your head a shake

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This Everton team could be as good, if not better than the great Everton team of the eighties, especially the period between 84-87, when they were arguably the best team in the country. Obviously most United fans over the age of 35 will remember that was a very bleak period for Manchester Utd, they were more renowned as a cup team than serious title contenders, usually languishing in the lower half of the table. Barkley has no reason to leave Everton, unlike Rooney, when circumstances were different, and his rocky relationship with Moyes. Every dog has it's day, and United have had theirs. All Everton need now is a super rich financial backer, and the glory days could return to Goodison.

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Haha haha Martinez is great

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Man Utd fans. Are they really as stupid as these comments suggest or are they just collectively up their own backsides? Still,Roberto Martinez must be doing something right if he's got them all foaming at the mouth by laughing off a piece of pure speculation that appeared in their local newspaper.

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Shut up Martinez if they offered 30 mill he'd be gone who u kidding

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What you doing reading The Mail have you finished with your Beano !

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