Everton boss Roberto Martinez has dented Manchesten United's chances of signing England's midfield prodigy, Ross Barkley, insisting that his club is in a strong enough financial position to resist bids for the teenager.

David Moyes will have all the background information on Everton's wonderkid, having coached and watched Ross Barkley in the years he managed at Everton.

The Man United manager has been linked with the English midfielder, with the Manchester Evening News stating that the Champions are plotting a sensational £50million move for Barkley.

Having broken into the Toffees first team, Ross Barkley has caught the eye of many pundits as the next England sensation. The 20-year-old came through the Everton youth system and has been compared with former Everton youth star Wayne Rooney and England legend Paul Gascoigne.

The rise in valuation of players nowadays and the money being paid for superstars has meant that Man United will have to come up with a huge offer if Everton were ever going to consider selling Barkley. 

However, Roberto Martinez has stated that Everton are in a strong enough financial position to decline offers for Barkley, according to the BBC.

The Spaniard said: "The stability we have from a financial point of view allows us to make football decisions and this January window is important for us to make sure we kick on and finish stronger than we started."

Everton have been high-flying so far this season, with on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, right-back Seamus Coleman and England full-back Leighton Baines also impressing for the Toffees.

Martinez will be hoping to retain the services of the majority of his players this transfer window as they push on the maintain their Champions League dream and possibly challenge for the title.

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