Manchester United have reportedly lined up a €75 million January swoop for Everton stars Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman, as reported by fichajes.net.
The Spanish outlet are suggesting that the Old Trafford club are prepping a significant bid in January to take two of Everton’s key players.
Given the fact that both players are tied down for the long term to the Goodison Park club, Man Utd have reportedly decided that it will take a significant sum to convince the Toffees to part with two of their more highly rated players.
With that in mind, Louis van Gaal is thought to have put aside €75 million for their acquisition.
It remains to be seen if Everton would be willing to sell the duo, but it would be a significant sum for the club to turn down, should Man Utd make the bid.
Coleman is also believed to be a boyhood Man Utd fan, which might effect any interest.
Chelsea are leading the race for Everton starlet Ross Barkley after Manchester City decided that the £50 million asking price for the young star was too much for them to consider, as reported by the Daily Star.
City’s hierarchy revealed their interest in the England international to the Toffees last week, and said that they were willing to put together a £35 million bid for the star.
However, Everton are demanding a staggering £50 million transfer fee for their 20 year old star, and in fact, might not even sell him at that price.
City have since decided that they will consider other options, with Barkley having been considered a potential replacement for star midfielder Yaya Toure, and this puts Chelsea in the driving seat for the wonderkid.
Having loaned two players to the Blues in recent years, Chelsea have a good relationship with Everton, and this could aid them in their chase for Barkley.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has denied the rumours linking Ross Barkley with a switch to Chelsea or Manchester City in the near future, as reported by The Guardian.
Reports in recent days had suggested that both clubs were lining up moves for the midfielder next summer, and that they were on the cusp of making an enquiry for him.
In fact, City were supposed to be significantly advanced, having enquired to Everton how much it would cost to sign the young England international.
The Manchester club were said to view Barkley as the ideal replacement for Yaya Toure, who has been criticised for his recent form.
They were, however, somewhat put off by Everton’s valuation, with the Goodison Park club supposedly asking for a huge £50 million for the player.
Martinez has, however, denied that any conversations have taken place over Barkley’s transfer.
The Everton boss said: “It’s a rumour and we’ll leave it there. We’ve spoken enough in the past about potential interest and I always mention the same – we take it as a footballing compliment and we’ll move on.
“All we want from Ross now is to be able to get him fully fit and get him ready to enjoy his football and help the team. We are looking forward to that day.”
Barkley is progressing well after suffering a significant injury prior to the start of the season, but there is no set date for his return.