The 20-year-old Everton star has earned rave reviews this season with a string of stunning displays that have put him in line to play at the World Cup with England.

Starsport understands Liverpool are willing to smash their transfer record to land the midfield ace with boss Brendan Rodgers a huge admirer.

But he will face a battle to sign him, with any possibility of Barkley being up for grabs sure to spark interest from a string of Premier League rivals including the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Everton insist they are not willing to listen to offers for their star midfielder and instead hope to tie Barkley down to a new long-term deal in the summer with a massive pay rise.

Goodison boss Roberto Martinez recently said he would reject any bid.

But such a huge offer may prove too tempting to turn down.

Barkley is a Toffees fan and has been at the club since he was a child so a move to Liverpool could cause problems for him and his family.