Ronald Koeman raises doubts over Ross Barkley's future at Everton

He signed for Malaga amid interest from Tottenham, but after 14 goals in La Liga it will be almost impossible for the Costa del Sol club to hold onto him. I don't like to speak about players, or the interest we have in several players. Next week we need an answer, if we go for a holiday, he will [either] accept a contract or we will sell the player.

Arsenal are reported to be closely following developments on Merseyside and could jump in if Barkley eventually declines the contract offer from Everton.

"It is up to the player because we won't wait until August. Time for him to decide", the Everton boss said.

"It's his responsibility and the responsibility also of his agent to say yes or no because that's what the club needs to know", said Koeman, whose side host Watford tonight.

Barkley forced his way back as a regular starter, only to be dropped by Koeman for last week's defeat to Swansea following a poor display against Chelsea.

However, there has been growing doubts about the futures of star duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley with the Belgian's contract set to expire in 2019, while Barkley's is scheduled for next summer.

Koeman also discussed how much time Barkley has at his disposal before revealing his decision to Everton.

The Dutchman has repeatedly criticised his player in public over the way he is developing, and earlier this season he was struggling to get into the first team. We still have three very hard games left.

Everton are very keen and Koeman flew out to watch the forward after recommendations from regional scouts and then recruitment chief Steve Walsh.

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