Everton Enter Contract Talks With Key Star To Ward Off Manchester United Interest

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The Toffees are desperate to keep hold of Barkley.

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After interest from Manchester United, Everton are set to open contract talks with Ross Barkley in order to keep the attacking midfielder at Goodison Park, according to Goal.

The 20-year-old was brilliant in 2013/14 for the Toffees and as a result of scoring six Premier League goals in a season where his side finished fifth in the English top flight, it’s little wonder the Red Devils have shown interest.

Barkley was considered an exciting prospect under David Moyes, but it was when Roberto Martinez became manager last summer that the Englishman was really given a chance to shine.

The youngster generally operates as a No.10 behind the striker, but can also be deployed in a deeper role and these are two areas United are desperate to improve.

Yet Martinez has already publicly declared that he will do all he can to keep Barkley on Merseyside and part of this will involve doubling the starlet’s current wages.

Barkley is thought to be paid £20,000-a-week currently, but the club are prepared to double that to £40,000-a-week if the player signs a new deal with them.

At present the midfield ace is away with the Three Lions, having been named in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer.

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