Koeman: This is how much we will pay to keep star player at Everton – report
By Danny Wright
Everton have tabled a £100,000-a-week contract offer to Ross Barkley in a last ditch attempt to keep him at the club.
The Telegraph reports that this doubles his current earnings at Goodison Park, but he must sign it before the end of the campaign.
Ronald Koeman wants to cash in on the Everton star in the summer if he fails to agree to a new deal as his current one is set to expire at the end of next season.
The Dutchman had already told Barkley that he has to sign a new deal and now the Toffees look to have made their final non-negotiable bid to keep hold of him.
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Barkley has been a key figure in Everton’s impressive campaign this season which has led to a number of clubs keeping tabs on him.
The London Evening Standard reported that the 22-time England international is willing to relocate to the capital if Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea come calling.
The attacking midfielder has scored five goals and supplied eight assists in 33 appearances across all competitions this season.
Everton are seventh in the Premier League table and look as though they will qualify for the Europa League thanks to the displays of Barkley and highly-rated teammate Romelu Lukaku.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton have been very heavy-handed with their approach to keeping hold of Barkley and it looks as though it might backfire. Footballers have to be treated a bit more sensitively nowadays and their latest contract ultimatum is going to put a lot of pressure on him. At 23-years-of-age, Barkley is still a young player and his performances on Merseyside highlight that he still has a lot to learn. Goodison Park is probably still the right place for him at this stage in his career but the way Koeman is dealing with the speculation around him means that he might be forced into leaving – even if he has not made his mind up yet.
In other Everton news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted this weekend’s clash with Burnley.