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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, is set to leave the Merseyside club as he enters the last year of his contract.
According to reports, the England international has refused to extend his contract with Everton and he has been tipped to leave the club as early as January.
He’s being monitored by Chelsea since last summer, and almost signed a contract with the West London club before the close of the last transfer market. However, Antonio Conte is keen on renewing his interest in the 24-year-old attacking midfielder.
Arsenal and Manchester United are also interested in his services. Both teams are in current search for an attack-minded player.
As for Arsenal, they are in need of a worthy replacement for Mesut Ozil in case the German playmaker leaves the club despite Wenger’s confidence of keeping him beyond January. As for United, they want a midfielder to complement Paul Pogba at the middle of the pitch.
Ross Barkley 24, joined Everton when he was 11 in 2005, but couldn’t break into their senior team until 2010 when he made his debut.
He has appeared in 150 matches for the blue outfit of Merseyside.
While responding to the rumours linking Ross to the top Premier League clubs, Everton manager Sam Allardyce says there is room for him if he wants to stay with the club as long as he puts in 100 percent performance for the club as usual.
“If Ross stays until the end of the season and Ifeel he is giving 100 percent to the team,like he has done since he was a kid,” he said.
He also said he won’t want to lose a player of such quality for free. “….he is a valuable asset for us until he leaves on a free transfer. I would hate that to happen but it might do.” he concluded.