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Barcelona Eyeing Roberto Martinez

According to English media the Catalan giants are monitoring the progress of Roberto Martinez at Everton.

The former Wigan boss and his new side have had a great start into the season with only one loss in their 17 games so far - upsetting Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United along the way.

Barca apparently see the Spaniard, who is labelled as a tactical genius, as a long-term replacement for Gerardo Martino. The current Barca boss has a contract until the end of next season, but Martinez could be seen as a more Guardiola-like type of manager.

Martinez, who won the Copa del Rey as a player, has done well with little resourses at Swansea and Wigan. After retiring from playing football in 2007, he led Swansea to become League One Champions and joined Wigan in 2009.

Before being relegated at the end of last season, Martinez avoided relegation for three successive seasons with the Latics and won the club's first FA Cup.

He is well-known for his attractive possession-based football and work with young players. Everton's Ross Barkley, who scored the winner in yesterday's match against Martinez' old club Swansea, is the latest proof for the Spaniards hand on young talents.

Martinez' Everton side are currently in fourth spot and the Everton boss has already built a relationship with Barcelona forging an agreement to take Spanish starlet Gerard Deulofeu on loan for the season.

Can Roberto Martinez lead a club of Barcelona’s stature to success and become one of Europe’s best managers? Have your say in the comment section below.

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