A select round-up of transfer news relating to Manchester United…
If you did a straw-poll of Manchester United fans, practically all of them would say David Moyes bought the wrong Everton midfielder last summer.
While United scrambled through a deadline-day deal for Marouane Fellaini, the Toffees smiled contentedly in the knowledge they had the mercurial and ever-improving Ross Barkley. So it was no surprise when the rumour mill started linking the teenager with a move to Old Trafford – rather foolishly assuming he would just up sticks and leave Goodison Park for Old Trafford.
Well now Everton manager Roberto Martinez has had his say, and it is not good news for any clubs planning on prying Barkley away from Merseyside.
In quotes published in the Mirror, Martinez said, “Even if we got a Gareth Bale-size valuation we would never even consider it in January.
“Ross is an icon for us. He represents everything we are trying to do this season, so even if a stupid offer arrived in January it would never, never affect us.”
Next summer, or the summer after that, who knows? But as ideal as Barkley may be for United’s midfield, it will take a bank-breaking offer to secure him if, that is, he ever wants to leave.
Speaking of Fellaini, Moyes has claimed the Belgian will eventually prove to be a good signing for the champions.
The £27.5m signing is now out for six weeks following wrist surgery, but in quotes published by the Irish Examiner Moyes said, “I have no doubt he will eventually be a good player for us.
“He has been unlucky. He has not felt 100% because of his wrist and has been finding it difficult.”
Only time will tell if Fellaini ultimately makes United's midfield his own.
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