The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern don’t want this summer to end…
It has been a summer of spending so far, with big players like Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Wayne Rooney all moving to Goodison Park to form a new-look Everton side.
However, the one constant strain on Everton’s summer plans has been with regards to a potential outgoing player, rather than an incoming one. Ross Barkley’s future has been a constant conversation starter amongst the patrons in the Transfer Tavern, with the Englishman’s future proving to be the ‘will he, won’t he’ story of the summer.
With just a year on his contract and seemingly not keen to sign a new one, Ronald Koeman revealed earlier this summer that he would likely be sold, though, on the eve of the return of the Premier League, that has not yet happened.
Koeman said: “We won’t let him go cheap, of course not…If there is a club thinking we can wait until the last day and we put some money on the table and we get Ross Barkley, sorry, you do not get Ross Barkley”.
He did note that he is still expecting him to leave, though: “I still believe he will make the move”.
Koeman, quite rightly, is refusing to be backed into a corner with this deal, and whilst clubs may have waited until the last day to squeeze out a bargain, that clearly isn’t going to happen.
It’s a tough situation for Everton, as whilst they don’t want Barkley to go for nothing, they also don’t want to risk keeping him and losing him on a free next summer.
At the same time, the club can’t be bullied into selling the player for a cut-price – particularly to a Premier League rival – and so there is very little room for error for Koeman.
In an ideal world, a top side will pay big money for the Englishman – though whether that happens remains to be seen.
Everton fans – thoughts?
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