Arsenal have joined the race to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who could be set to leave Goodison Park this summer.
The Mirror report that Arsene Wenger is keen to bring the England international to the Emirates at the end of the season but faces competition from Tottenham and Chelsea.
Barkley’s Everton deal expires next summer and Ronald Koeman has claimed the Toffees will sell him if he does not agree a contract extension which he is yet to do.
“He needs to sign a new contract or you sell the player,” the Everton boss told reporters. “Ross is a boy from Everton and what we need to show to him is the best reasons to stay.
“The player by himself needs to understand it’s not an ultimatum. I spoke to Ross about a new contract. Now it’s up to the board.
“You need to make a decision that the club knows what will happen next year. That’s normal business – not like an ultimatum.”
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Arsenal reportedly view Barkley as a player who can bring power to their midfield which has struggled at times this season, largely due to injuries.
Barkley was named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad this week as the Three Lions prepare to face Germany and Lithuania.
The 23-year-old has made 30 appearances in all competitions for Koeman’s side, scoring five goals with the Toffees now level on points with Arsenal, albeit having played two games more.
Barkley has long been linked with a move away from Everton with Tottenham having frequently been rumoured to be keen on signing the midfielder and looks as though he will be in-demand this summer should he refuse a contract extension.
Arsenal’s recent results suggest changes are needed this summer, but any transfer activity is largely dependent on who will be managing the club next season with Arsene Wenger promising a decision soon.