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Chelsea Given Boost As Roberto Martinez Denies Man City Ross Barkley Bid Speculation

The Everton boss has denied that City have made an approach for the English attacking midfielder…

Chelsea’s pursuit of English attacker Ross Barkley was handed a boost today, as Everton Manager Roberto Martinez revealed that there was no truth in the rumours that had been circulating that Manchester City had made an offer for Ross Barkley.

“We have a great relationship with City. We signed Gareth Barry on loan from them and the relationship has always been good but there has never been an approach about Ross,” Goal quote the Everton manager as saying.

“Honestly City are not trying to do that. Maybe, if you are a selling club, they could try that but we are not a selling club.”

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Chelsea have also been linked with Barkley, and they will be relieved to hear that City are no closer to securing a deal than they are. A January move to either team seems highly unlikely, especially considering Manchester City’s precarious FFP position, but in the summer they £40m+ bids that have been mooted could materialise.

Barkley would be a perfect fit for the Blues, who lack an alternative to Oscar in the number ten position, and are also in desperate need of more English players to fulfil their homegrown requirements, both in Europe and the Premier League.

Manchester City face Everton in today’s evening kickoff.

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