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Koeman discusses Ross Barkley future as Chelsea prepare to swoop

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted he does not know if Ross Barkley will leave the club this summer.

Barkley has been heavily linked with a summer departure from his boyhood club and has rejected all of the offers made by the club, who have been trying to tie him down to a new deal.

Asked whether a new contract remains on the table for the 23-year-old, Koeman said:

“I don’t know, we’ve not spoken about this.

“If Ross is staying then I’m pleased if he stays because it’s one more good player in the team. That’s a decision by the board.”

Barkley has interested plenty of Premier League interest, with Tottenham being most strongly linked. However, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been linked in recent weeks. Today’s Sun claims that Chelsea will speak to Everton after this weekends game to discuss a potential transfer, despite the player being injured.

It was initially claimed that Everton set the asking price at £50m, although with just one year left on his current deal at Goodison Park, he would most likely be available for a cheaper price.

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