Everton can resist any bids for highly-prized young England midfielder Ross Barkley when the January transfer window opens because they are in a strong financial position, manager Roberto Martinez has revealed.
Barkley, who turned 20 this month, has been linked with a £50million move to Manchester United after a series of excellent displays which have helped lift Everton into the top four of the Premier League.
Speaking at his pre-match news conference before Wednesday's match at Stoke City, the Spaniard was asked if he was confident that the club could turn down approaches for the player.
Martinez said: "Yes. Absolutely. There is not even a doubt.
"He has a long-term contract and the first half of the season has been a real joy to see him grow and the second half of the season will be even better.
"We are in a strong position financially. When you have to bring in money then it can be a real difficult position as you can be anxious and frustrated.
"The stability we have from a financial point of view allows us to make football decisions and this January window is important for us to make sure we kick on and finish stronger than we started."
Barkley has not only become a first-team regular this season, he has also won his first England caps, playing three times, against Moldova, Chile and Germany.
Martinez has described him as a mix of Paul Gascoigne, the former England midfielder and Michael Ballack, the former Germany one, while his former Everton team mate Tim Cahill said he was the most talented player he had ever worked with.