Everton could risk losing one of their brightest academy prospects if they do not tie him down to a new contract.
Arsenal are thought to be one of a host of clubs interested in the teenager, who has been described as one of their best ever youth prospects.
The defender, who has already featured for Wales at the Under-19 level, turns 17 next month and it is believed the Gunners could be ready to pounce on him, should Everton fail to offer him a professional deal.
Losing a player like Astley could be a huge blow to Everton in the very near future, especially if he were to join a Premier League rival.
Although there is no suggestion that he would be able to walk straight into the first-team, he is thought of very highly by the Toffees and could go some way to helping Marco Silva’s defensive issues.
The likes of Jonjoe Kenny and Tom Davies have both come through the academy ranks and Everton will be hopeful that Astley could be their next bright star.
Everton fans – thoughts?