Ronald Koeman is 100% certain that Ross Barkley is leaving the club this summer. Here is the latest on his future.
Barkley has been linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs this summer’s including Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, West Ham, Arsenal, and most heavily with Tottenham Hotspur.
He was offered a new £120,000-a-week deal to stay at Goodison Park towards the end of last season, an offer which he turned down, leaving him with less than 12 months on his current contract.
The Daily Mirror report today that Barkley would have accept a deal that is significantly less than the deal that he has already rejected at Everton in order to secure a move to the North London club. Despite Spurs being very keen to sign the England international, they are not willing to break their own wage structure, a wage structure that see’s even the club’s top stars such as Harry Lane and Dele Alli earning around £100,000-a-week.
And then there is the matter of the transfer fee. Everton originally set the asking price at a staggering £50m, despite him being into the final year of his deal at his boyhood club.
Spurs have been reported to only value the 23-year-old at around £15m, significantly less Everton’s asking price. Despite reports last week that a deal could be struck for around £25m, the Daily Mail today claim that Everton are reluctant to accept a bid of less than £35m.
The Blues have been on the receiving end of tough transfer negotiations, with Swansea refusing to budge on heir £50m valuation of Gylfi Sigurdsson.