Chelsea have been linked with Everton midfielder Ross Barkley this summer, and Everton manager Ronald Koeman has now admitted that he’s willing to sell the England international.
The 23-year-old is in the final year of his contract and has rejected a new Everton contract. He has been told by Koeman he needs to make a decision on whether to accept the new deal on offer or be sold this summer.
“Ross told me at the end of the season he wanted another challenge,” Koeman said. “His personal situation is really not so difficult: we made a good offer to him to sign a new contract, he declined that contract and told me that he is looking for a new challenge.
“It is not Everton future any more, it is his decision, I need to respect that and then we will see what happens but what I heard from the board is there is not really an offer on the table for Ross.
“My priority is not Ross, with respect, it is his decision. I look more to other players. I knew [this] at the end of the season.
“It is really clear, I am looking to other players and that is my priority and not Ross, with respect. It is his decision.
“Everyone knows what the situation is and that’s enough, I don’t talk any more about this.”