Ross Barkley has made his intentions of leaving clear to Everton as well as their management, club coach Ronald Koeman has revealed.
The midfielder went on to say that he is “looking for a new challenge,” and the Merseyside club believes that he’s “100%” sure to leave in the ongoing transfer window. He will not be extending his contract either, which runs out next summer.
The English outfit’s manager, Ronald Koeman, recently addressed the issue during his pre-match press conference, prior to Everton’s match against Ruzomberok, a Slovakian club, in the third round of the Europa League.
Speaking of Barkley, the Dutchman stated: “His personal situation is really not so difficult. My priority is not Ross, with respect, it is his decision. I look more to other players. I knew this at the end of the season. Everyone knows what the situation is and that’s enough, I don’t talk any more about this.”
With a nod for a transfer move, clubs from the Premier League would now flood to seek a good rate on the 23-year-old. But, since the contract runs out next year, the club runs the risk of either betting on a high valued £50 million bid this year, or a free transfer move at the end of next season.
The young playmaker’s sale might be able to recoup the money spent by Everton on their summer exploits which saw them sign a multitude of players, including their very own superstar, Wayne Rooney.
During Barkley’s tenure with the Toffees, he has scored 21 goals from 150+ Premier League appearances since his debut 6 seasons ago at Goodison Park. Having suffered a groin injury, however, he is currently recovering, and would only be allowed to train with the first team if he is considered fit and trim.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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