Is this the end as Everton star left off pre-season tour?
By Harry Sykes
Ross Barkley’s future at Everton has been left hanging by a thread with news that he’s been left off Everton’s pre-season tour of Tanzania.
According to the Sun, manager Ronald Koeman has insisted that the player has been left at home because of a groin injury but all the stars seem to be aligning at Goodison Park and leading towards an exit for the 23-year-old midfielder.
The saga picked up pace towards the end of last season when Koeman gave Barkley an ultimatum – sign a new contract by the end of the season or leave the club.
That deadline came and went, and Barkley has still not signed a new deal.
Koeman has been busy in the transfer market, signing Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaasan, who can both take Barkley’s position.
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After Rooney signed, TalkSPORT pundit Ray Wilkins said he thought it would spell the end for Barkley.
“I think that having taken Wayne, I can see Ross moving on. Ross hasn’t signed his contract and Koeman doesn’t seem overly concerned so it would appear that he’ll be moving on,” Wilkins said.
Also, according to the Telegraph, Everton have made a £40million bid for Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and are confident of completing a deal within the next few days.
The report says that Sigurdsson has said his goodbyes to his Swansea team mates.
Add all of these bits of news together and it would seem that Barkley might have played his last match for Everton.
In other Everton transfer news, this player – subject of a club-record bid from Everton – has been left off the club’s pre-season tour.