Manchester United seem to have waved goodbye to any chance of signing Everton youngster Ross Barkley.
The creative midfielder is in talks with the Toffees over a new deal at Goodison Park and United’s plans to go after a deal for the £50 million rated England international have all but ended.
United were linked with Barkley strongly over the second half of the season and Goal suggests they were willing to axe Danny Welbeck in the hope of attracting him to Old Trafford.
“Everton are considering a move for Danny Welbeck and United would consider using the forward as a bargaining chip in any potential deal for Barkley,” reports Goal.
Barkley is one of the most promising youngsters in the Premier League and few would have been surprised when Roy Hodgson named him in his squad to travel to Brazil for the World Cup this summer.
The Toffees are reportedly going to double his wages to around £40,000 per week, as Roberto Martinez looks to help his progression into an even more consistent and effective midfielder.
While United are apparently willing to use Welbeck in part exchange, there is a chance that Everton could cause a double whammy for United by signing the centre forward in a straight cash deal.
It’s unclear at the moment whether Louis van Gaal plans to use Welbeck regularly at Manchester United, but considering the number of talented attacking players United have been linked with, he could take a decent bid from the Merseyside club.
Martinez, as he should be, has been extremely protective of his young player and along with Barkley, has never said at any point that he’s up for sale.
Van Gaal could still pursue a deal for Barkley but in light of these reports over a new contract and the complications which can be raised by a part exchange deal, it’s extremely doubtful when United have other midfield options in the transfer market.