Everton FC will dismiss any interest in Ross Barkley from Manchester City – but Roberto Martinez could consider a deal to bring Jack Rodwell back to Goodison. Reports over the weekend have suggested City are eyeing up a £25million bid for Barkley which would also include former Blues midfielder Rodwell. Barkley’s stock has risen during the last few months after an impressive end to the season at Everton was followed by his performances being a rare high point of England’s dismal World Cup campaign in Brazil. The Blues have no intention of parting with the 20-year-old, with the club working towards the youngster penning an improved new contract this summer as reward for his progress. Martinez, though, could pursue a deal for Rodwell as he aims to bolster his central midfield options given the added demands of Europa League football next season. The Blues boss tried to sign Rodwell on loan in January, with the 23-year-old now surplus to requirements at the Etihad having made just seven Premier League starts since departing Goodison two years ago.
Martinez weighs up Rodwell move, but rejects City's Barkley approaches
Liverpool Echo | Jul 6