Everton manager Ronald Koeman has stated that Ross Barkley will be sold during the summer should he not commit to a new deal with the club. Reports have emerged over recent months linking Barkley with moves to Chelsea and Manchester City.
Koeman said: “Football is a business, you make decisions. He (Barkley) needs to sign a new contract or you sell the player.”
The 23-year-old Barkley is a product of the Everton youth development system.
He started the season displaying unconvincing form, though he has delivered improved displays recently, so much so that he earned himself a recall to the England squad by Gareth Southgate for the Three Lions’ March 22nd friendly against Germany and March 26th World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.
The fact that Barkley has not yet committed himself to a new deal may be an indication that he is at least considering other clubs.
If he does go, Everton will need to make big-name signings, especially with Romelu Lukaku now also seemingly destined to depart the Merseyside club.