By Abigail Withey
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has demanded that reported Tottenham target Ross Barkley will only leave Goodison Park if a “big deal” comes in and if an offer is made as soon as possible.
The ex-Southampton boss has asserted that he will rebuff any potential last minute offers for the midfielder, but he still believes he will leave Merseyside over the coming weeks.
However, the Dutch manager has made it clear that he will not be accepting any tabled bids in the final moments of the summer transfer window, which closes on August 31.
Koeman recently spoke about clubs trying to swoop in late for the 23-year-old, but didn’t name a specific team.
He said: “If there is a club thinking, ‘We can wait until the last day and we put some money on the table and we get Ross Barkley’, [then] sorry, you do not get Ross Barkley.”
“We have the experience of what we need to pay for players who came here and had one year of contract,” the manager explained and was quoted by The Mirror. “With all the valuations we have seen the last few weeks about players, then if you want to buy Ross, it is a big (financial) deal.”
The Toffees boss still stated that he expects Barkley to make an exit from Goodison Park over the coming weeks as the attacker has entered the final 12 months of his contract.
“Still I believe he will make the move,” Koeman said. “But if there is an offer, maybe the club will not accept. And (then) he is a player of Everton and if he shows to me he is one of the best then it is possible he can start, like everyone.”
The Mirror claims that the England international has said that he wants to leave the Merseyside club, and according to the newspaper Tottenham are the club which Koeman was warning about a final minute offer.
Barkley joined the Everton academy over a decade ago in 2005 and has since grown through the development squads to final reach the senior team in 2011.
Throughout his time with the Toffees the midfielder has been on loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United before returning to Goodison Park in 2013.
Since returning from his loan with Leeds, Barkley has become a crucial member of the Everton midfield where he has scored 27 goals and provided 28 assists during his 179 appearances across all competitions.