Ever since Ronald Koeman took over, Merseyside outfit Everton have looked a different side from under the previous manager Roberto Martinez, not so long ago.
Though they failed to take more than a point from their tie against Boro in the Premier League at the weekend, Everton, are currently in the 7th place in the points table, 8 points off of their local rivals Liverpool in the 4th place in the points table.
The manager will be relatively happy with the way his team has performed recently and will know that another year of work on the squad can make them genuine contenders for a place in Europe’s elite competition from the next season.
However, the manager now has a small problem with one of his player in Ross Barkley.
The 23-year old attacking midfielder is one of the most exciting talents in England at the moment but he has not been able to show consistency in his game and it has cost him a place in the national side under Sam Allardyce a while ago.
He has also not have the best of the relationships with Koeman, as the manager has repeatedly spoken about need of improvement and a report from the Daily Star now claims that he could be on the move in the summer.
The English international who is an academy graduate at the Goodison Park is a crowd favorite at the club but he will have just a year left on his contract after the end of the season.
He currently earns £65,000-a-week with Everton and the English outfit have already offered the player an improve contract to keep him at the club for years to come.
However, the report from the Star now claims that Barkley has postponed on signing the contract and is looking to evaluate his options in the summer.
A host of Premier League clubs including the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are interested in his signature while a couple of European clubs will also be in the mix.
It is understood the Ronald Koeman still sees the 23-year old as a potential star for Everton and does not want to let him go but it will be up to the midfielder to decide on his future.
He has the world at his feet at the moment but with Everton growing in stature recently, he will have to be careful before making a move away from the club.
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