With less than two weeks to go until the transfer window shuts, time is running out for clubs to get business done.
One player who has been heavily linked with a move is Ross Barkley, but according to the betting market, Everton are likely to keep hold of their midfielder.
The England international has not featured at all for the Toffees since the end of last season.
Barkley was ruled out of the club’s pre-season schedule due to a groin injury, and now a hamstring problem looks set to keep him on the sidelines for six weeks, according to the Daily Mail.
Throughout the summer, Everton manager Ronald Koeman reiterated that Barkley would leave in this window due to his unwillingness to sign a new contract.
However, there is now a possibility that the 23-year-old will stay at Goodison Park due to his injury woe and the Toffees pricing him out of a move.
Tottenham Hotspur have been the front-runners for Barkley’s signature, but a report in The Telegraph earlier this month claimed that the North London outfit value the player at around £25m, which is half of Everton’s £50m asking price.
As far as Sky Bet are concerned, the Merseyside outfit are 4/11 favourites to keep hold of the homegrown star.
Barkley faces a tough battle getting into Koeman’s team this season if he does stay, though, following the arrivals of Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
If he fails to sign a new contract with Everton, then the midfielder will be free to leave the club for nothing next summer.