Everton have quoted Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United £60m for their midfield star…
Earlier this week, Everton quoted Premier League rivals Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United a jaw-dropping £60m for midfielder Ross Barkley – as was reported by the Daily Express.
But now, the player’s manager – Roberto Martinez – has claimed that he has the ability to become his country’s best ever player. The 20-year-old has made nine appearances for the Three Lions thus far.
The Everton man, who has established himself as a regular for both club and country in recent months, made his England debut against Moldova late last year, and is already being tipped for greatness.
Martinez, who is quoted by Goal.com, said: “There is no doubt in my mind he will be the best player England has ever had, Ross has everything. Normally a player has the pace and power to get around the pitch, or they have the vision to pick a pass.
“Ross can do both of those things. He is two-footed, he’s intelligent and he is also in love with the game. All he wants to do is play football. When we played in our first Europa League game this season he was gutted to be injured, because he was desperate to play.”
Despite the host of rival clubs that have been linked with big-money moves for Barkley, Martinez insists the club have no need to sell the midfielder, who he has labelled the “biggest asset Everton have ever had.”
“The truth – and the key to his situation – is that we don’t have to sell,” he added. “We don’t have to sell players to balance the books at Everton.”
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