Everton manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that Ross Barkley may already be on his way out.
The English star has not yet played this season due to a hamstring injury and was on the verge of joining Chelsea last summer before backing out.
The 23-year-old pulled out of a £35m deal during a medical at Chelsea according to widespread reports and decided to wait until January.
Barkley’s contract expires at the end of this season and talks over a new contract have been all rejected by Barkley.
Allardyce, who has just taken charge of Everton, admitted that Barkley is most likely leaving.
‘I’d like to think we can keep Barkley, unless somebody’s already done a deal for him.
‘I am not daft enough to know in this game that those words and phone calls might not have already gone on.
‘If we could get Ross Barkley to stay then nobody would be more delighted than me. Whether that is a possibility I do not know.”
It’s believed both Chelsea and Tottenham are keen on his signature and will have to fight to get him.
Chelsea are lacking a central attacking midfielder while Tottenham could also use him to provide competition for Dele Ali and Eriksen.
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