Everton boss insist £45m Manchester City target will not be sold

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has come out to play down the transfer speculation linking Ross Barkley with a big money exit this month, Daily Mail reports.

Manchester City are heavily linked with the 21-year-old and is believed to be lining up a huge £45million offer to try and lure him to the Etihad, but the Toffees boss has insisted nobody will be leaving the club.

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“We have not received any approach. This January it is vital we recapture our best form and regain some momentum. If our best performers get compliments, we enjoy hearing those compliments and that is good but nobody will be leaving.

“Ross is someone with real passion for the game. You would always pay a good entrance fee to watch someone like him. But we are just concentrating on getting the result against West Ham. This is a real important moment in our season to make progress in another competition.

“The players and everyone at the club are only thinking about what we can do. The talent is there. We have been through a difficult period of bad results and we need to make sure we fulfil our potential. That is where we are. This is the most important game of the season.”