For weeks, the club kept trying to make Ross Barkley sign a new contract, showing him how much they want him there, integral part of the title-challenging team they are trying to build. He refused, and they are left with no option but to sell him, since his current contract expires in less than a year.
His personal situation is not so difficult. We made a really good offer to him to sign a new contract, he declined that contract and told me that he is looking for a new challenge
Everton manager Ronald Koeman told reporters in a Press conference, talking about Barkley.
Okay, he is not in Everton’s future any more. It is his decision. I need to respect that and see what happens
the Dutchman said, before replying with a straightforward “yes, yeah”, to an “is Barkley going to leave Everton this summer” question.
It’s not that simple though. For the 23-year-old to move elsewhere, a good offer must be submitted to Everton, and this hasn’t happened yet.
What I heard from the board at the moment is that there is no offer on the table for Ross
Koeman revealed. Tottenham and Arsenal are two clubs that have been linked with a move for the England international, who has spent 12 years at Everton, more than half his life up to now, having joined their academy at the age of 11.