Barkley's Everton Warning
Ross Barkley has basically been told if he doesn't sign a new contract with Everton he'll be sold in the summer as we'll not run the risk of losing him on a free in 2018.
The 23 year old hasn't been set an 'ultimatum' as such but Ronald Koeman is aware Everton can't afford - not necessarily from a financial point of view - to be left in a position where Barkley would walk away from Goodison Park for nothing.
However, Koeman also knows Everton have to 'show him the reasons' to want stay with the Toffees beyond the fact it's his club.
Koeman - who has already warned Romelu Lukaku he's got to honour his deal this week - was quoted by Sky Sports as saying.
'Ross is a boy from Everton and we need to show him the reasons to stay. But Barkley's situation is different to Romelu because next season will be the last year of his contract. You make decisions at the end of the season and you sign a new contract or you sell the player. There is no 'ultimatum' but that's business - and the player needs to understand this.'
The best way to do this is by finishing as high as we can in the Premier League with Koeman convinced Everton are the club from 'the big six' to step up.
But Koeman finished by saying it'll also take time.
'What we want to do and like to do is to show everyone that if there is one club out of the big six to make the next step then its Everton. But it's impossible to do this in one transfer window, and one season. It takes time. But this is a message for everybody; the manager and Everton is trying to get the best team it can. But there is competition.'