Everton fans were drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing the Toffees lose again in the Premier League.
Ronald Koeman’s side went into Sunday’s clash with Burnley having won just one of their previous five league games, and indeed winless in the Europa League group stages after only mustering a 2-2 draw at home to Cypriot side Apollon Limassol on Thursday.
And things got worse for manager Koeman on Sunday as Jeff Hendrick’s first half strike sealed the Clarets a deserved 1-0 victory, and several of our resident Evertonians are also likely to be intrigued, and perhaps frustrated, by a recent report in The Daily Telegraph, which provides an update on the future of midfielder Ross Barkley.
They report that both Chelsea and Tottenham will again make a move for the 23-year-old in January, this all after the former had a bid accepted for the England international over the summer, only for the midfielder to turn them down.
Barkley has yet to feature for Everton this term due to injury, but has entered the final year of his contract without committing his future to the Merseyside outfit, something manager Koeman wanted him to do over the summer.
And January gives the Toffees one final chance to try and get a fee for the 23-year-old, and although that is unlikely to be as high as during the summer, it’s been reported that it could still cost either of the London duo £20 million to acquire his services.
The relationship between Barkley and Koeman has been somewhat strained throughout the Dutchman’s tenure at Everton, and now it seems just a matter of time before the England star ends his long association with his boyhood club.
Landlord’s verdict: Ross Barkley’s Everton future was subject to much speculation during the summer, with the midfielder deciding against penning a new deal at the club, albeit then turning down a move to Premier League champions Chelsea.
But now it seems that both they and Tottenham want to reignite their interest in the 23-year-old when the window reopens in January, which will give the Toffees one last chance to gain a fee for the England international.
Injury has thwarted Barkley’s opportunities so far this season, but with much baggage between him and Koeman, it does appear that his time at Goodison Park is at an end, but where he ends up either in January or at the end of the season remains to be seen.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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