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£20m Manchester United & Chelsea target "exquisite"

Barkley is starting to make his mark. (©GettyImages)
Barkley is starting to make his mark. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United and Chelsea target Ross Barkley has been described as "exquisite" by his manager at Everton, Roberto Martinez.

Barkley has become a Toffees regular since Martinez succeeded David Moyes at Goodison Park and has attracted praise from many Premier League commenters.

Moyes has been credited with an interest in attempting to get the 19-year-old to follow him to Manchester United at some point with a bid in the region of £20m mooted, though the Old Trafford club are not alone in this.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has also been linked with a bid to take him to Stamford Bridge, but both clubs will have their work cut out to convince Everton to sell one of their most prized assets.

The way Martinez waxed lyrical about Barkley in a recent talkSPORT interview, suggesting his skills have a Brazilian flair to them, it is no wonder some of the Premier League's biggest clubs are taking an interest in him.

"Ross, since day one, showed he was ready and in a position to enjoy his football and it is not a secret he is a really talented man," he said.

"Technically he is really gifted and you would probably see that technical ability in any player brought up in Brazil or Holland - he is that exquisite technically.

"He is a young man who is fighting for his place and his personality and character means he is such a humble boy, all he wants to do is listen and play. Nothing will faze him on a pitch and if you have that with the talent he has it is an incredible combination."

Martinez was speaking ahead of England's international friendly against Germany on Tuesday evening at Wembley, with Barkley is expected to play some part in the match.

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