Former Everton star Michael Ball insists that Ross Barkley would love a return to Goodison Park this summer.
The Chelsea midfielder has spent the season on loan at Aston Villa after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge.
Barkley made 21 appearances for the Blues last season, but just 13 of those were starts.
In his time at Villa, he has played 24 times, scoring three goals, and it remains to be seen where his future will lie in this coming transfer window.
Ball believes that the Toffees should make an attempt to acquire his signature this summer if they can, and he thinks that the playmaker would like to make the switch.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, he said: “So if there’s an opportunity for Ross to come back I feel he’d probably like it and get an opportunity to prove [himself] to everyone.
“Yeah hands up, he had an opportunity to go to Chelsea, it didn’t work out for him, so if we can get him at the right price and wages, I think he’d be a good addition to the squad.”
Barkley has not had an opportunity to work under Thomas Tuchel yet but that could change this summer when he reports back for pre-season.