One of the more extreme transfer rumours reached punters drinking in the Football Transfer Tavern today.
However, Everton boss Roberto Martinez has laughed off suggestions that Ross Barkley could be set for a £38 million transfer across Stanley Park to arch-rivals Liverpool in the summer, as reported by The Independent.
Barkley has enjoyed a fantastic season for the Toffees, making his first team breakthrough under Martinez, and looks set to be named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the summer’s World Cup.
Reports this morning had suggested Liverpool were said to bid a club record £38 million for the 20-year-old – a fee that would surpass the record £35 million the club paid for Andy Carroll in January 2011 – currently the most money a club has paid for an English player.
However Martinez was quick to pour cold water on the rumours, joking that the club had already turned down a bigger offer for the midfield starlet from Manchester United, and in turn making fun of reports suggesting Barkley could leave Goodison Park for their great Merseyside rivals.
“In terms of the speculation, we already turned down a £50 million bid from United so we’re not going to take £38 million from Liverpool,” Martinez said tongue-in-cheek.
Should Ross Barkley take a careful look at the situation of Jack Rodwell before thinking of the grass is greener away from Goodison Park? Let us know your thoughts below.
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