Dunne: This contract rebel should leave Everton for one of these two clubs
By Russell Edge
Former Everton defender Richard Dunne has said that star man Ross Barkley should leave the club this summer and join either Tottenham or Arsenal.
The 23-year-old midfielder has been stalling over signing a new contract at the club, with manager Ronald Koeman delivering an ultimatum to the player ahead of the summer transfer window.
Barkley’s current deal expires in the summer of 2018 and so the Toffees are keen to tie him down or sell him on for a reasonable sum this summer.
There have been a number of club’s circling Goodison Park with the intent of swooping for the central midfielder, with the London Evening Standard reporting that Tottenham have showed strong interest.
Despite the Toffees’ best efforts to keep him on Merseyside, former central defender Dunne believes that Barkley’s departure would benefit both the player and his club.
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He told talkSPORT: “Maybe a change would be the best for both sides.
“Certainly for Everton they need a bit more freshness in their team and maybe Ross does.
“Maybe he needs to go out and challenge himself and start trying to progress and get a place back in the England team.”
TalkSPORT also claim that the Toffees will be looking to demand £50m for the midfielder’s services, with Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City all rumoured to be interested.
However, former City man Dunne believes Barkley should head to North London in a bid to get the game time he requires to develop himself as a player.
“Barkley is certainly going to move to a big club but I don’t think it will be City. I don’t imagine he will get the games he needs,” he told talkSPORT.
“Maybe an Arsenal or Tottenham will be better for him.”
Barkley has played a key role in Everton’s push for a top seven spot this season, contributing five goals and nine assists in 35 appearances.
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