Confirmed: Key Everton transfer decision to be made on Monday
By Matt Farr
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that a statement will be released on Monday regarding the future of contract rebel Ross Barkley.
The 23-year-old midfielder appears destined to quit Goodison Park in the coming months, as contract negotiations between the player and the club continue to stall.
Barkley has just one year remaining on his current contract in Merseyside, and Koeman has been keen for the England international to commit his future to the club.
However, Barkley has yet to put pen to paper, forcing Koeman to demand the player sign a new deal or else he will be sold this summer.
But as the contract dispute remains without a resolution, the Everton chief has revealed that he will be ‘speaking to the board’ on Monday, and will then release a statement on Barkley’s future.
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When asked if he had a definitive answer from Barkley, he told the Liverpool Echo: “No. I will speak to the board tomorrow and we will make a statement about that.”
His current situation has alerted a number of clubs, including Premier League rivals Tottenham, who have been named as frontrunners by the Daily Mail.
In light of the growing interest in his services, Barkley could well have played his last game for the club, where he appeared as an early first-half substitute during the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.
Koeman had insisted he had omitted the midfielder from the Everton starting eleven at the Emirates for ‘tactical’ reasons, although given his uncertain future, many fans looked to draw their own conclusions.
However, they could finally be issued with a definitive answer on the future of one of their most prized assets ahead of the summer transfer window, with the club set to release a statement within the next 24 hours.
Football Insider verdict
The gut feeling is that the statement will read that Barkley will be sold. His reluctance to provide the club with an answer proves that he is looking to quit the club this summer, and there will be no shortage of suitors. But while Barkley may consider himself deserving of a fresh challenge, his refusal to give his employers a definite answer regarding his future, whilst under contract at the club, shows a certain lack of respect. Therefore, Koeman has been right to take his hard ball, sign-or-leave approach. If the player isn’t committed to the club, he should be sold, and that could well be the case when a decision is made tomorrow.
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