Everton manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that his club are expecting to receive a bid for Ross Barkley this month and concedes that they are destined to lose the England international.
“I would expect there would be [an offer] sometime in this window if there’s going to be interest from one of the big boys,” the Everton boss told a news conference ahead of Friday’s match away to local rivals Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup.
“I think the club was resigned before I got here that they were going to lose Ross. I can’t see that changing.”
Barkley’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he has turned down the opportunity to sign a new deal so the Toffees have no choice but to sell him this month or they will lose him for free at the end of the season.
Barkley was reportedly close to joining Chelsea during the summer transfer window but in the end the deal fell through.