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Arsenal have joined the race to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, according to Liverpool Echo.
Barkley’s long-term future at Goodison Park is currently in doubt with just little over a year left in his contract.
Talks over a contract extension are yet to begin and this has reportedly attracted a host of big clubs.
Everton are yet to decide what to do with the playmaker but talks over a contract extension won’t commence until in the summer at least.
Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have both been linked with a move for the midfielder but Arsenal have now joined the race for his services.
The report claims Arsenal are now keeping a close watch on Barkley’s situation at Everton and could launch a bid to sign him if he refuses to sign a new contract.
Ronald Koeman recently warned Barkley that he must sign a new contract or risk being sold this summer. The midfielder only began to play regularly for Everton in January, after struggling for consistency in the first half of the season. He was heavily criticised by his boss at the time so it is understandable if he wants to take his time before making his decision.
Mesut Ozil’s long-term future at Arsenal is still in doubt and Barkley could well be an option to replace the German. Both players are miles apart in terms of quality at the moment but under the right guidance, Barkley could go on to become a top footballer just like Ozil.
He will find the right conditions to fulfil his potential here and could just go on to be a terrific signing for us if he keeps his head down.