Ronald Koeman has stated that Ross Barkley could be sold if he doesn’t sign a new contract committing his future to the club.
Barkley has been called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate , but has just one year left on his contract with Everton.
Chelsea have been linked with signing both Lukaku and the midfielder and Koeman says they may be forced to sell the England international.
“I think every situation is different,” Koeman told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Hull City. “Ross is a boy from Everton, and what we need to show to him is the best reasons to stay. Of course his situation is different because Ross is running out, next season is his last year of his contract.”
“It was no ultimatum. But football is a business,” Koeman said. “I think the player needs to understand this, it’s not an ultimatum but I spoke to Ross about a new contract and it’s up to the board to get that over the line. If not then the player could see a new future for himself, but that is normal, it’s not strange talk.
“At Southampton we had Clyne, he did not have a new contract and we sold him. The player has to understand that if he doesn’t sign a new contract, he needs to make a decision for the club so that they know what happens next year. Ultimatum is strong, I don’t like that word.”