The Guardian has some news for two of our regular sets of punters here in the Football Transfer Tavern.
They claim that Everton manager Roberto Martinez has decided to honour his agreement with Manchester City and leave it until the end of the season to decide what to do over the future of Gareth Barry.
The midfielder has been a huge part of the success Everton have enjoyed this season and has shown exactly why Manuel Pellegrini was wrong to allow him to leave the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City are willing to consider an offer as little as £1 million for the England international, yet Martinez is happy to wait until the summer before possibly making the switch permanent.
The Toffees manager noted: “The agreement was for the season and for Gareth to just enjoy his football and I don’t want to change that.
“I don’t think there is a real need. There is trust about what we agreed and all I want now is for Gareth to continue concentrating on his football for the second half of the season.
“Gareth is in a great position in his career where he can make choices about what he wants to do, rather than for finances or what sort of contract he will get. I trust Gareth to just get on with enjoying his football and then in the summer we will sit down and talk.”
As one of our punters notes, Everton are a club who have profited more than most from the loan system, with Romelu Lukaku also being brilliant since his loan switch from Chelsea.
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