Ross Barkley has given the strongest indication yet that he will leave Everton, by letting the deadline for clarifying his future pass. 

In a report by the ​Mirror, it is said the 23-year-old is refusing to sign a new club record £100,000-a-week deal being offered to him, effectively signalling an end to his Everton career.

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Blues chairman Bill Kenwright has made a strong effort to retain the services of the locally born midfielder, with a plan in mind of keeping the powerful connection between the fans and the club alive, whilst still investing heavily in foreign players to improve the squad.

However, as Barkley was given a Monday deadline by manager Ronald Koeman to accept or decline the £5m-a-year deal, which will likely be extended to later in the week, his trepidation in disclosing his future plans indicate that he is contemplating turning his back on the contract offer from Everton.

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Both Tottenham Hotspur and Man United are said to be monitoring the situation, and may make a £20m move, pending the outcome of Barkley's decision. 

If Ross Barkley does not sign the contract offered to him by Everton then the club will certainly try to sell him. Indeed, Ronald Koeman has already stated he will sign “players in Barkley’s position, whether he stays or goes, because we need more productivity in that area”.


Koeman has been linked with a move for Ajax captain Davy Klaassen, who plays the same position as Barkley and has scored an impressive 22 goals already this season to help the Amsterdam side into Wednesday's Europa League final against Manchester United.

Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, who has yet another productive season, is also reported to be a firm target for Everton in the upcoming summer transfer window.