The Manchester Evening News says Barkley is at the top of his New Year wish list.
Roberto Martinez insists that not even a Gareth Bale-sized bid of £86m would be enough to prise the 20-year-old away from Goodison Park – but the Merseysiders are bracing themselves for a host of big-money offers in January.
United – who made a last-ditch attempt to sign Bale before his summer move to Real Madrid – do not want to miss out on another superstar of British football.
They believe a bid of £50m will be enough to get Everton around the negotiating table – but the Premier League champions also know there will be plenty of bridge-building after their aggressive summer pursuit of Leighton Baines.
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