Following the arrival of new signing Davy Klaassen at Everton, questions have now been raised over the future of Ross Barkley.
Questions were already being asked about the England international due to his apparent reluctance to sign a new contract.
Manager Ronald Koeman stated numerous times during last season that the 23-year-old will be sold if he does not put pen to paper on a fresh deal.
Barkley’s current contract expires at the end of next season, so it would make financial sense for Everton to sell rather than allow him to leave for nothing in the summer of 2018.
Now, though, the midfielder’s place in the team is under threat following the signing of Klaassen, who officially joined the club from Ajax for £23.6m on Thursday night.
The 24-year-old possesses plenty of attacking talent from the middle of the pitch as he managed to find the back of the net 16 times in all competitions for Ajax last season, and he also contributed nine assists.
In contrast, Barkley could only muster five goals and eight assists for Everton during the 2016-17 campaign.
Following Koeman’s capture of Klaassen, some fans are speculating over Barkley’s future, with some believing that he may even be encouraged to stay due to the club’s transfer activity so far.
— Chris Aldous ???????? (@toffeeboy09) June 16, 2017
— Jason Palombo (@jp96706) June 16, 2017
— Jack Marshall (@JackMarshall__) June 15, 2017
Wonder if all this transfer activity might be playing on the minds of a certain Mr Barkley and Mr Lukaku.#EFC
— Kev (@KevBlank9) June 15, 2017
— Keegan Kruger (@KeeganKruger) June 15, 2017
Awwwwww Barkley. Enjoy the spurs bench. I heard that have comfy seats. #EFC
— ⚽️ (@EvertonViews101) June 15, 2017
If you're Romelu Lukaku or Ross Barkley, you should be looking at these signings and considering your #EFC future strongly.
— Sean Lunt (@Sean_Lunt) June 15, 2017
— Steve Rochester (@steverochester) June 15, 2017