Barkley could stay; Sigurdsson close to Everton switch – Koeman


Everton Boss Ronald Koeman has today retracted earlier comments he made suggesting Ross Barkley would “100%” leave the club this summer.

Barkley, who has only one year left on his current contract, has refused to sign a new deal with the blue side of Mersey thus far.

Despite the contract disputes, Koeman will consider playing the England international if a rumoured move to Spurs falls through.

“I don’t have any update,” Koeman said when asked about the 23-year-old.

“There is no offer on the table for Ross. That means he will stay at Everton for now.

He is training in a good way. We will see what happens in the next couple of weeks.”

During the press conference Koeman also confirmed that a deal to signing Gylfi Sigurðsson from Swansea was edging closer to a positive conclusion.

“It’s still close. We’re in negotiations. It’s always a game between selling and buying clubs, but we are close.

I heard some rumours that it had broke down, but that is not the case.”

Swans manager Paul Clement helped to strengthen the rumours that a deal is almost over the line, after he confirmed that the Icelandic international would not be in his squad for their Premier League opener with Southampton this weekend.


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