Everton have decided to start to listen to offers for Ross Barkley as Manchester United and Tottenham show interest in signing the England international.
Ronald Koeman has been desperately trying to tie the 23-year-old down to a new deal at Goodison Park, but the Everton academy product has remained steadfast in his refusal.
Everton have been offering Barkley a £100,000-a-week deal, an offer that would see him be the highest earning player in the clubs history.
However with Barkley refusing to extend his deal, that has just one year left to run, Everton are growing more and more resigned to losing one of their prize assets.
Koeman had originally told Barkley that he had until the last game of the season to decide his future, and despite being allowed an additional few day, the Daily Mirror claim that the player’s advisors have made it clear to the club on Wednesday that there would be no last minute change of heart.
This has left Everton with the dilemma of cashing in now, or letting the player leave for free next summer.
With Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both interested in signing the attacking midfielder, Everton have decided to slap a £50million price tag on the players head.
Whether either side would be willing to spend such an exorbitant fee for a player with one year left on his contract is yet to be seen, meaning Everton could see him leave for nothing in twelve months time.
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