Everton manager Ronald Koeman has affirmed midfielder Ross Barkley is set to leave the club after he dismissed a new agreement development for another challenge.
Barkley has only one year left on his agreement at Goodison Park and has been supposedly near leaving for a few months now with the player and club in an agreement turmoil.
The Dutch director has stated that the England global has made it clear he needs to move and Koeman expects the 23-year-old to leave Everton in this transfer window with Arsenal and Tottenham said to be enthused about signing the midfielder.
Koeman said, “Ross told me at the end of the season he wanted another challenge.”
“His personal situation is really not so difficult; we made a good offer to him to sign a new contract, he declined that contract and told me that he is looking for a new challenge.”
Both the London clubs are looking for an attacking midfielder to strengthen their squad and if some of the reports are to be believed, Spurs have already made contact with Everton for Barkley. However, manager Koeman denied any proper bid for the 23-year-old although insisted the attacking midfielder will only be let go if all the terms between buying and selling club meet.
“It is not Everton future any more, it is his decision, I need to respect that and then we will see what happens but what I heard from the board is there is not really an offer on the table for Ross,” the Dutch manager said on Barkley’s situation.
He added, “It is really clear, I am looking to other players and that is my priority and not Ross, with respect. It is his decision.”
“Everyone knows what the situation is and that’s enough, I don’t talk any more about this.”
Barkley is currently out for a month healing from the injury he had surgery on a minor groin issue during the pre season and will miss the begin of the new season. The 23-year-old will be presently hoping to react to preparing at the earliest opportunity when he has recuperated and in the mean time will be confident that his next goal is concluded.