Everton have always been able to withstand moving good players to top teams in the Premier League. Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini have joined Manchester United as examples of this in recent years, and both sides have started to build a relationship in terms of transfers. Everton’s latest gem, however, is reportedly not for sale at the moment.
According to press reports, the Red Devils are only one of the many teams targeting midfielder Ross Barkley, but the Toffees aren’t keen to cutting ties with the English international. They feel he still has a lot of improving to do before moving on to another team.
Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez considers Barkley the team’s main player on the offensive side of the ball, and he’s the one that orchestrates the game from midfield. The Spanish tactician was recently asked about a possible leave from the 20-year-old in the January transfer market, and his answer showed how much the team values him. “I wouldn’t sell him even if we received an offer like the one Tottenham got for Gareth Bale this past summer”, Martinez told the press.
As of now, they are making the right move to hold on to him. Everton can still manage to finish in European qualification spots this season and if they achieve that, Barkley will be even more important to the future of the club.