In Focus: Everton may have finally accepted that Barkley is leaving

According to BBC Football, Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he isn’t confident midfielder Ross Barkley will stay at the club and he is already at new players in the 23-year-old’s position.

What’s the word, then?

Well, speaking ahead of his side’s final day Premier League visit to Arsenal, the Dutchman hinted that there was no update after he had given the England international an ultimatum last week.

The Toffees boss had said that Barkley had until the end of the week to decide whether he would be extending his contract – which is due to run out next summer – or he would be sold.

What did Koeman say on Friday?

The 54-year-old told BBC Football: “I spoke to the player, the board spoke to his agent. I don’t know if he won’t give an answer. I don’t know.

“We will go on and we’re looking for players in that position.”

Everton know they are guaranteed a seventh-place finish and Europa League football next season, but that might not be enough for Barkley.

Could the Arsenal game be his final one?

It might well be, yes.

The fact that there doesn’t appear to have been any progress made suggests that the England international sees his future lying away from Goodison Park.

He won’t go cheaply though, with the Merseyside outfit ready to demand £50m if he is to leave this summer.

Who is interested in him?

Tottenham are long-term admirers of the 23-year-old but the asking price could mean that they cool their interest, while the Gunners, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been linked in the past.

Who could Everton sign to replace him?

Swansea City star Gylfi Sigurdsson has been heavily linked while Ajax star Davy Klaassen is another potential successor in the attacking midfield role.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, it appears as though Barkley’s time with Everton is coming to an end and the club must accept it.

Ronald Koeman will want to sort the saga out as quickly as possible in order to get his team ready for what will be a important campaign next season.