Everton, Tottenham & Ross Barkley
Everton’s hopes of selling Ross Barkley to either Chelsea or Tottenham may be over.
And that could be a big problem for Ronald Koeman, as his Everton side appears overcrowded with creative midfielders right now.
On Wednesday, Everton picked up a key summer signing: Gylfi Sigurdsson has joined from Swansea.
Sigurdsson moved to Goodison Park in a 45 million pound deal. He’ll now jostle with Davy Klaassen, Kevin Mirallas, Wayne Rooney and Yannick Bolasie (when he gets fit) in the creative role for Everton.
Ross Barkley has long been tipped with an Everton exit, with Tottenham and Chelsea in the running to sign him. But, on Thursday, it seems highly doubtful that deal will happen.
Major injury setback
On Monday night news broke that Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has suffered another setback in his attempts to recover full fitness.
23-year-old English international Barkley missed the Toffees’ entire pre-season campaign after undergoing surgery on a groin problem, and only returned to training last week.
However, it was revealed that the attacking midfielder has since sustained a fresh setback, having pulled up with a hamstring problem during a training session.
The Daily Mail on Thursday reveal that Barkley, who was initially thought to be out for six weeks, is set to be sidelined for three months:
Ross Barkley has torn a hamstring and needs an operation which will keep him out for three months — and could scupper a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Going under the knife would put Barkley out for three months, and is likely to jeopardise any move away from Goodison Park before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Could Barkley end up signing a new Everton deal?
The England international is in the final year of his current Everton deal, and the Toffees will be keen to avoid Barkley leaving as a free agent.