Koeman not confident Barkley will sign new Everton contract

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A deal for Barkley may prove out of Tottenham's price range after Everton recently slapped a £50m price tag on their coveted asset, who could play his last game for Ronald Koeman's side on Sunday when they travel to face Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium.

Asked on Friday if he was confident Barkley would stay, boss Koeman said: "No". "But OK, I am not anxious because I like to work with players who like to stay". I don't know what will happen after it.

Merson said of the England worldwide, "I'm a big fan of his and have a lot of time for him, definitely, but if he goes to Tottenham he won't play in that team". "We like to finish strong", the Dutchman added.

'I spoke to the player.

'If you offer a player a new contract, and a good contract, that means you want to keep the player.

Harry Kane's four-goal haul at Leicester City on Thursday sent the Tottenham striker two goals ahead of Everton's Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Premier League's Golden Boot award.

"No, because it's a long time that he is thinking about his future", Koeman said.

"Expect a hat-trick against Arsenal away?" He is just 24 years old and he can improve, and needs to in several aspects, as a nine, as a target man - to keep the ball better, be stronger and do better pressing in front. "Certainly for Everton they need a bit more freshness in their team and maybe Ross [Barkley] does, in terms of getting a new club, having to earn a place in a team and not have the comforts of being at home and living in his hometown". But that's what we work on.