Everton prepared to offload star man to Premier League rivals

Everton are considering offloading star midfielder Ross Barkley as they look to raise funds for significant investment in the squad.

The Toffees have struggled badly in the Premier League this season – they currently sit in 13th place in the table with 21 points – and there have been calls among supporters of the Liverpool-based club for under-fire manager Roberto Martinez to spend big to stop the rot.

However, the Goodison Park outfit have never been awash with money which may force them to sell one of their most prized assets.

It is believed that Everton are willing to listen to offers in excess of £45 million for Barkley – who has been at the club since childhood – despite the 21 year-old having only put pen to paper on a new £65,000 a week deal last summer.

Last season’s champions Manchester City are the forerunners to land the England international and are prepared to double the player’s wages, however any potential deal is likely to be struck in the summer rather than in the January transfer window due to City’s Financial Fair Play restrictions.

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