Ronald Koeman admits Ross Barkley could leave Everton during the summer transfer window, as he approaches the final year of his contract.
The England international is widely regarded as one of the best talents in the country, having developed through the youth system at his local club. But as he enters the final 12 months of his contract and discussions remain at stalemate, Koeman admits there might come a time in the coming weeks when the Toffees agree to listen to offers for the midfield player.
When asked if he is confident that Barkley will still be at Goodison Park next season, the Everton boss replied: “No, because it is a long time he has been thinking about his future. I am not worried because I like to work with players who like to stay. We will go on and we’re looking for players in that position. If he stays, there will be more competition for him next season.”
Should it be known that Barkley is indeed available for transfer, there will be no shortage of takers for the 23-year-old, who has 22 caps for his country, has in the past been linked with both Manchester City and Manchester United, and more recently Tottenham Hotspur. Despite his contract situation, the Merseyside club would look to receive around £25million for his signature.