Everton boss Roberto Martinez claims he would not consider selling Ross Barkley, even if Real Madrid offered the same world record price of £86million they paid for Gareth Bale, reports the Daily Mirror.
Barkley has been in superb for Everton this season, and has produced form which has seen him labelled the next superstar of English football.
The 20-year-old produced another fine performance over the weekend, scoring a superb late free kick at Swansea to give Martinez’s side a 2-1 win and propel them into the top four in time for Christmas.
It has also intensified the interest from Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea, although Martinez insists he would not consider selling the young midfielder for any price.
“Even if we got a Gareth Bale-size valuation we would never even consider it in January,” the Spaniard insisted.
“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.
“It is important for us as a football club to show we are making the right football decisions. There is no question mark over Ross’ future, he is in the best moment of his time and is everything we want a player to represent at Everton.
“There is not even a question mark against whether he is going to be here in February or not.”