Liverpool’s supposed £38million bid for Manchester United’s top summer target Ross Barkley has been quickly laughed off by Everton boss Roberto Martinez.
According to the Daily Star this morning the Toffees had been offered a monumental fee for their teenage prodigy, and one that came not from Old Trafford but rather from their closest rivals Liverpool. However Martinez has moved hastily to quell any talk of Barkley jumping ship in a blockbuster deal, by rubbishing the rumours that suggest he could move to Anfield.
“In terms of speculation, we already turned down a £50million bid from (Manchester) United so we're not going to take £38m from Liverpool, Martinez said in a press conference, according to the Daily Mail.
“It's quite enjoyable to speak about speculation because it shows how well our players are doing. That's the type of football compliments we want.”
Barkley has been in sensational form this year, and his presence in the middle of midfield has been the driving force behind Everton’s charge for a Champions League place. Martinez has repeatedly expressed his desire to keep the England international at Goodison Park, but nevertheless talk has been rife that he will be poached come the summer transfer window.
Whether or not the 19-year-old does choose to leave his club is a matter which will probably be decided in the summer, and not before. However it would seem for now that rumours of the proposed £38million move from Liverpool carry little or no weight at all.