Everton refuse to set price for Manchester City-linked Ross Barkley

Everton manager Roberto Martinez considers Ross Barkley to be a priceless commodity and has no intention of selling amid Manchester City transfer talk.

Given the manner in which transfer fees have skyrocketed in recent years, it is almost impossible to put a valuation on Ross Barkley.

Here is a talent that is already illuminating the Premier League stage, but one that should get even better in the years to come.

How do you put a price on potential?

Some of the figures being discussed in the January transfer window suggest that a bid of around £45 million would be enough to prise the England international away from Everton.

Is that too much for a 21-year-old? Is it not enough for a player being tipped to become a global star?

Roberto Martinez is reluctant to be drawn into the debate, with the Toffees adamant that no discussion is required as Barkley is not for sale.

Martinez said: “You can imagine that all of our best performers, even if they get a lot of attraction from the outside and a lot of compliments, there’s not going to be anything going in January.

“Valuations? We will always be biased. I always enjoy watching Ross, the way he develops on a daily basis and performs. He’s one of those players who is someone with a real passion for the game, that enjoys playing football and you would always pay a good entrance fee to watch a player like Ross Barkley enjoying his football.

“Now we are in a situation as a team where we need to focus on the next result and the next performance. All individual performances are vital towards performing well as a side.”

  GoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring AttTotal Att AssistTotal PassAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Ross Barkley 1 1 25 16 607 535 13 966

Martinez has been around long enough to know that his comments will be falling on deaf ears.

He can rule out a transfer until he is blue in the face, but the gossip while continue to swirl wildly around Goodison Park.

Manchester City are reported to be readying a big-money approach for Barkley and should they table an enticing offer, it will be interesting to see whether Everton can maintain their stance.

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