Roberto Martinez rubbishes Ross Barkley exit talk

Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring the opening goal against QPR during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez dismisses speculation that Liverpool are preparing a £38m bid for Ross Barkley.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has rubbished reports that Liverpool are preparing a £38m bid for Ross Barkley.

It was claimed on Tuesday that the Reds were ready to break their transfer record in order to land the 20-year-old midfielder.

However, Martinez has laughed off suggestions that he could sell the youngster to Everton's local rivals.

"Well, according to speculation, we turned down £50m from Man Utd so we certainly wouldn't accept £38m from Liverpool," the Spaniard told reporters.

Barkley has scored six goals in 34 appearances for Everton so far this season.

Ross Barkley of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on August 17, 2013
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