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20 May 2017 08:42:12
Interesting article in the Echo about the Barkley situation. It says that Barkley holds all the aces. If you read it and think about it, it makes a very interesting statement. Barkley is well within his rights to stay at the club and run his contract down. Koeman had said, "He either signs or will be sold this transfer window! " But actually Everton FC cannot force Barkley out. He has another 12 months on his contract and he is well within his rights to "see it out". If Barkley does not have a move that suits him, he can stay at Everton until he becomes a free agent. He risks the wrath of the manager and sitting in the reserves etc, but he cannot be forced to move to another club if he does not want to go. So it is a stad off. Koeman has made his feelings clear. So I suspect Barkley will either sign a new contract, see out his contract. and that might be in our reserves, or move to a top club. I am sure he is not playing hard ball to move to a club below us. But I don't see which clubs above us are desperate to sign him?

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20 May 2017 08:54:20
If that is the case then let him play with the kids for the rest of the contract everton are bigger than barkley.

20 May 2017 08:56:36
The Times say that RK will consider freezing him out, that's not going to do anyone any good.

20 May 2017 09:38:04
In regards to him holding all the aces. isn't it a world cup year next year? If Ross is an ambitious player and harbours any hope of going he needs to be playing so I'm thinking that if there's a genuine threat of being frozen out he's either going to sign or go. If not then kiss goodbye to the world cup swuad.

20 May 2017 09:38:34
The most important thing for me is that we are actively seeking a replacement for him and someone to play instead of him should he stay. It's not about one player and Koeman knows this. He wants Ross to stay but also wants him to have competition for his place. So I don't care whether he stays or goes. All I care is that we are effective up top and have competition for players. Which is what Koeman says that are looking to do a.

20 May 2017 10:33:30
Surely as a Footballer he wants to do everything to be able to make England squad for World Cup so next season is massive for him wherever he is playing, but I'm no mathematician but it does not take a genius to work out his best chance of doing that is with Everton as if he goes to anyone else he will not be first choice.

20 May 2017 11:53:49
Take berahino as a marker just to how that tactic would work out. Sulked when he missed out on a move to spurs, played in the reserves and then was lucky even to get a move to Stoke.

20 May 2017 12:07:10
One minute RK says that RB has until next week to sign or he will be sold and the next we hear Everton would demand a figure of £50 million. Very counterproductive since nobody would pay that amount for someone in the final year of his contract and has only scored 5 goals this season. He needs to improve his goal scoring record to reach his full potential and that will best be achieved elsewhere.

There would be several suitors including Man U, Spurs and Arsenal or even abroad, but not for £50 million. Personally I believe Koeman is posturing in an attempt to secure a higher transfer fee, either way he will still recruit other attacking midfielders regardless of RB staying or leaving.

20 May 2017 12:53:33
The only statement that is true is that Koeman said he needs to sign by the end of the season or he is gone.

£50 MIL, frozen out and who needs who more is just your usual sensationalism by the rags. As if they called the Telegraph, Times whoever else up and said "hey TG we want £50mil for Ross".

We are going to hear all kinds of rubbish and a ton of lies from the paps so let's not start getting on the manager or players back until something actually happens.

Personally I think he's gone. However, I'm not concerned as Koeman sounds like he has his targets already set out and he's just waiting to get them through the door.

20 May 2017 13:25:55
Spot on BlueJohnUns.

{Ed025's Note - john is right ace, but what ever happened to loyalty and commitment? it might just be me getting old i guess but for an everton supporter playing for his local side and earning great money seems like dream to me mate..

20 May 2017 14:26:02
There is a lot that Everton could do to Barkley if he decides to play the awkward card and refuses to move, along side that his reputation with other clubs would go down a heck of a lot. Would you want to sign a player who could at any moment start thinking they could hold you to ransom?
If the only reason he wants to leave is one of ambition then it would be very foolish of him to think he is the one holding all off the cards despite what the Echo says.

20 May 2017 14:57:51
You're right Ed, but to answer what happened to loyalty from homegrown players? Well I think the answer to that can be found somewhere at the bottom of the agents bank account, with a pile of money resting on top of it.

{Ed025's Note - your right there ace mate..

20 May 2017 17:10:26
To be fair to the lad he might be thinking "I've had three years of abuse from you lot so take that".

I think he has already had contact with another club and he's off. If that is the case then at least he's kept his gob shut unlike Rom.

He's got better this season and I think Ron could get more out of him. However if he is not willing to be told the truth about his performances then he's better off somewhere else. I suspect though that the somewhere else is mostly on the bench unless he like places like Palace and Bournemouth.

20 May 2017 17:47:01
The reason I put the original post on was because there was lots of talk about what Koeman had said. ie He either signed a new contract or he would be sold. When in fact, Barkley signed the same contract as the club last time round and a contract works 2 ways. The club are bound by the contract as much as Barkley is. So therefore he has every right to give his best for Everton until the contract is completed. It is totally different to the Berahino example. That kid refused to play and sulked. All Barkley has done is train hard and play when asked to. If a top 6 club do not come in for him, then he has every right to remain and play for Everton during the contract period. The Echo pointed this out because everyone was saying he either signs or is off. I agree with the Echo. The chances are that we would demand a big fee and the top 6 clubs might not want Barkley. In which case he is likely to play for us next season. The club can try and force a move, but if he wants to stay. who can stop him? In the past EFC have sold players who reach the end of their contracts, so we will obviously try again with Barkley. But it is not a foregone conclusion that he is off anywhere just yet.

20 May 2017 19:11:31
Barkley could, if he wished, run down his contract and leave without a fee, but, it would leave a bad taste, givern that he is (suposedley) such a big evertonion.
He has, reportedly been offered 100,000, per week, to play for his boyhood club, witch we are told he loves, and who are, we all hope, on the brink of compeating for all the top prizes, so what the hell more does he want?

20 May 2017 21:26:41
That's the point mate. He actually isn't asking for anything other than to complete his contract. The same contract that EFC signed. At the end of it, it may be that he signs another one. Only Everton and Koeman have come out and said anything. Barkley and his advisors have been totally quiet and professional. Everton are obviously trying to cash in while they can. But if Barkley wants to stay another year, then that is his perogative.

21 May 2017 00:17:55
It's also the clubs perogative to make him play for the 4th team for the last year, then he can say goodbuy to the worldcup, and 1oo, ooo per week contract offers, but then on a free, WBA, or Stoke might take a punt at 25,000 per week, so best of luck ross, and don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

21 May 2017 07:40:33
It is his prerogative Degsy but Everton are the club that have raised, nurtured and paid him for many years. They have given him the opportunity to have the life he has. That should be worth something. shouldn't it? He should either sign a contract which doubles his wages or say he wants to leave then everyone knows where they stand. Not run his contract down and leave for nothing.

21 May 2017 09:06:06
But that is exactly my point. I didn't see it at first, but Ed001 and Ed002 have both criticised Koeman and Everton for the club's comments in the media and I see it now. Everton have behaved unprofesssionally. Everton are tring to manufacture a bidding war and get top money. I understand that. But Barkley has 12 months left on a contract that Everton were happy to give him. Now Everton want to sell him whilst they still get money. But Barkley has every right to wait and make a decision at the end of his contract. He could well decide to sign a newcontract with Everton in 12 months time. Koeman and Everton should have done this behind closed doors. I am sure both Ed's will agree with me on this.

{Ed001's Note - that is the point, just keep your mouth shut and deal with it behind closed doors the way it was always done in the past. Everton have never washed their dirty linen in public before. Everton has always been a family club and treated the players like family too. You criticise your family privately, but publicly you support them, and that is how it should be done.

Though I do think Everton as a club will be better off without Barkley, there are ways and means to get rid of players which leaves everyone happy. It doesn't need to be turned into a confrontation like it has been.}

21 May 2017 10:20:38
I totally agree on the Koeman point he should not be talking in public and I agree we are probably better off selling Barkley but he or his agent should have made a decision by now, from the outside it just looks as though he either isn't interested in playing for us any longer or he wants a boat load more money. Whether this is the case or not this is how it is being painted by the press.
I personally think we should sell him if we can and wish him all the best for the future and move on.

{Ed002's Note - His agent will have been talking with other clubs to find out what is options are. It is simply that they do not act unprofessionally. Koeman's behavior will not reflect well on the club.}



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