BREAKING: Ronald Koeman Confirms Ross Barkley Is Set To Leave Everton
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While Everton have heavily reinforced their side in the summer window, the club have notably sold last seasons top scorer Romelu Lukaku, and it now appears Ross Barkley is also set to leave Goodison Park.
Lukaku left Everton to join Manchester United in a £75 million transfer, and Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Barkley is now seeking a move away from the club.
Ronald Koeman has confirmed Ross Barkley will leave @Everton this summer. "he is looking for a new challenge. We'll see what happens"- Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) July 26, 2017
The Everton boss detailed the exchange with the midfielder by revealing that the club offered him a new contract which was ultimately rejected.
"His situation is not too difficult, we made a good offer of a contract," Koeman said in a press conference.
Barkley is set to leave the club after graduating from the youth ranks. Image: PA
"He declined and told me that he is looking for a new challenge. It is not Everton future any more, it is his decision but the board say there is no offer on the table for Ross," he added.
Here's how Twitter reacted to the latest development in the Barkley transfer saga:
Ross Barkley in slow, poor decision shocker.- GrandOldTeam.com (@grandoldteam) July 26, 2017
Ross Barkley filed in the same drawer as Franny Jeffers and Jack Rodwell.- Rags (@r4gsy) July 26, 2017
If Ross Barkley can't see that the "new challenge" he's looking for is right under his nose, then I've got no issue with him leaving.- Ed (@dixiessixty) July 26, 2017
See ya later Ross Barkley. See Jeffers, Pienaar, Rodwell etc for how well it goes when you leave Everton. He'll be @NUFC within 2 years- Anthony (@maccaefc87) July 26, 2017
Barkley has been attracting plenty of attention since his future was put up in the air. Manchester United and Spurs continue to monitor his situation.
As well as the Champions League represented clubs, Leicester City and Crystal Palace are also reportedly eyeing up the England international.
Will any club table an official bid? Watch this space.