There are rumours gathering pace on social media that Everton chairman Bill Kenwright will seek to undermine club manager Ronald Koeman in a bid to keep Ross Barkley at Everton.
Barkley was given a very public ultimatum by Koeman before the end of the season in a “sign or be sold” comment during a pre-match press conference. Barkley subsequently was not announce to have signed a new deal before the ultimatum ran out.
He is, however, at the front and centre of Everton’s new kit promotions – something the club has been very wary to do with players it has planned to sell during the summer in the past.
Now, stories are emerging that Everton chairman Kenwright, backed by Farhad Moshiri, will offer Barkley a contract similar to that which was on the table for Romelu Lukaku in a bid to keep him at Goodison Park.
The Blues are reportedly resigned to losing Lukaku should a large offer come in for the Belgian, but are determined to tie Barkley down to a new deal and avoid him leaving the club for less than Everton’s valuation – if nothing more.