Ross Barkley has one week to decide if he will sign a new contract at Everton, manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed.
Ronald Koeman last month warned the England international that with a year left on his deal he could be sold.
“Either he accepts the contract or we sell the player,” said Koeman.
“But if you need so much time then you have doubts – I like to work with players who like to stay.”
The Dutchman said the Everton board had tried “for a long time” to get Barkley to sign and were already looking at replacements in attacking positions.
He added: “We don’t wait till August – next weekend we need an answer.”
“If he leaves it so long you have doubts. I like to work with players who want to stay. I don’t know, it’s up to the player, he needs to make a decision.”
Ross Barkley has scored four goals and provided eight assists in 34 Premier League appearances this season.