Ross Barkley could be heading out of Goodison Park this summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal, as manager Ronald Koeman has decided to issue the midfielder with an ultimatum, according to Sky Sports.
Academy graduate Barkley has made over 150 appearances for the club, but has just over a year left on his current deal, and Koeman knows if he doesn’t sign a new contract this summer, then the chances of him leaving for a decent fee will be severely diminished.
Ever since he burst onto the scene at Everton six seasons ago, Barkley has been linked with a host of clubs, but The Toffees have managed to keep hold of him, although that could change if Koeman can’t convince the 23-year-old the club ambitions match his own.
Koeman said, “Ross is a boy from Everton and we need to show him the reasons to stay.”
Barkley has scored 26 goals in 170 appearances overall for the Premier League club.
The Everton manager faces the prospect of losing two of his most influential players as Romelu Lukaku has also been linked with a move away this summer after turning down a new deal.