Everton will not let Ross Barkley go the same way as Wayne Rooney - even if they receive an £85m offer in January
Roberto Martinez says the Toffees wouldn't be tempted to part with the youngster even if they received a 'Gareth Bale-sized valuation'
Tuesday 24 December 2013
Everton would not sell midfielder Ross Barkley, even if they received a “Gareth Bale-sized valuation” next month.
Manager Roberto Martinez is aware of the comparisons between the 20-year-old and Wayne Rooney, who was sold to Manchester United in 2004 before Goodison Park felt the true benefits of his talent. Martinez is confident that this time Everton will hold on to their crown jewel – at least in the short term.
“We are probably in the strongest financial position we have been for a long, long time,” he said. “Even if we got a Gareth Bale-sized valuation, we would never, ever consider it in January.
“We are in the middle of a season where we would never, ever consider disrupting what we have got in our squad now.”
The summer may be a different story, when a “Bale-sized bid” would represent a greater sum than the annual turnover of £80.5m Everton declared in January. Martinez believed the club would be able to dictate the terms of any transfer. “You cannot fight against the trend of the modern game,” he said. “You saw it with Bale, with Cristiano Ronaldo. What is important is if anything happens, it is our club that dictates how and when. If we were going to lose a player, it would be to end up with three or four replacements and in a stronger position.”
The former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, now with Manchester United, will be out of action for up to six weeks following wrist surgery. Fellaini, who had already been out since 4 December with a back problem, had the operation on Saturday and is set to miss seven Premier League games, the third round of the FA Cup and the semi-finals of the League Cup.
United’s manager, David Moyes, said: “We couldn’t get him recovered from his back. We thought it would be OK after 10 days. So we made a quick decision to get the wrist done.”
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Aston Villa preview: I need to prove myself again at Villa, says Scott Sinclair
Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester City, United want Gareth Bale
Chelsea vs Manchester City player ratings: David Silva saves the day but which City star stole the show at Stamford Bridge?
Arsene Wenger photobombs Arsenal photo shoot - manages to look like famous 'Bigfoot' picture
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
- 1 Three-year-old boy shoots pregnant mother and father in New Mexico
- 2 Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
- 4 Gorillaz Phase 4: Cartoon supergroup is back as new artwork is unveiled
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign