Everton boss to auction Barkley off to Manchester United & Liverpool?

Manchester United and Liverpool are both circling for Everton asset Ross Barkley.

With 1,991 minutes and 21 starts in Premier League competition already behind him this season, and 1,013 passes, an 85% passing accuracy, a 75% tackling efficiency, 22 chances created and five goals, Ross Barkley has enjoyed a commendable break-out campaign under the nurturing tutelage of Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

Even the protege has said in past months that Martinez shares similar traits to his previous mentor David Moyes, yet the Spaniard pays far more attention to the technical and tactical aspect of his development.

That teacher/pupil relationship that is developing between Martinez and Barkley, though, may not flourish for much longer.

During a recent Everton press conference, Martinez was questioned over Liverpool's reported £38m interest in the wonderkid and Roberto quipped that he had already shut down a £50m offer from Manchester United.

Putting aside the obvious joke, is Martinez attempting to begin an auctioning process?

"In terms of speculation we already turned down a £50 million bid from United so we’re not going to take £38m from Liverpool," he told the media.

"I think speculation is quite enjoyable and that it shows how well our players our doing."

Barkley, 20, has a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £9.7m.

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