Can Everton hold onto Ross Barkley and John Stones?

Roberto Martinez

Today's newspapers saw Ross Barkley linked with a £38 million move to Liverpool whilst Arsenal and Chelsea are rumoured to be in for John Stones.

The Barkley rumour arrived via the The Daily Star who suggested that Liverpool were preparing a bid that would smash their transfer record in the hope it would lure Ross Barkley from their rivals.

It hasn't taken long for Roberto Martinez to play down those rumours as he came back with a rather witty response. The Spaniard said "Well according to speculation, we turned down £50m from Man Utd so we certainly wouldn't accept £38m from Liverpool." A great response from the former Wigan Athletic manager who will probably have to deal with a lot more questions about Ross Barkley in the summer.

Barkley has been in great form for Everton this season and his confident performances have led to him having a great chance in making the England squad. His mazy run through the whole Newcastle United team last month before an exemplary finish showed that he can certainly be an asset in Brazil.

There will be plenty more links to Barkley this summer but if Everton can manage to clinch a top four place in the Premier League then I see no reason as to why he should be angling for a move away. Manchester United are likely to be interest given the David Moyes factor but they wont be able to offer him Champions League football. Chelsea will be but there's not a chance he will be given as much playing time as he currently is at Goodison Park.

There have also been suggestions that another Toffees player is being monitored by the top clubs. John Stones has starred in defence in recent weeks striking up a great partnership with Sylvain Distin. With regards to those rumours Martinez said "I've not heard that but I'm not surprised and it's a compliment to him and Everton."

Right now Everton is the best club for Barkley and Stones to be at. They are getting regular football at one of the top clubs in England, and could be getting regular European football next season.

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