Everton's Koeman hints at Barkley sale if new deal rejected

Everton's Koeman hints at Barkley sale if new deal rejected

Reports linking Manchester United with want-away Everton striker Romelu Lukaku have intensified after Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was pictured meeting with the player's agent, Mino Raiola.

The 23-year-old, who came through the ranks at Everton, has scored five goals in 29 appearances this season and Koeman stressed that he has not offered an ultimatum to the player.

Lukaku has spoken regularly about wanting to play in the Champions League and as the Premier League's joint top scorer with 19 goals this season he will attract the interest of Europe's top clubs in the summer.

It makes matters much easier that United would need only conduct business with one agent in case they decide to hunt Lukaku as an Ibrahimovic replacement, and BBC Sport's Simon Stone reported the LA Galaxy want the Swede.

Everton will not want to lose Barkley in the same transfer window as Lukaku, but the England global has been linked with a host of clubs.

"He has no problem".

"I think the player needs to understand this".

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"There is no need to put him out of the team". But I am not so afraid about his situation because the player has two years more on his contract.

With the Belgium global having more than two years remaining, Koeman said he was not overly concerned at present.

"No matter where you play you want to be remembered".

"You can not be remembered by scoring goals". We had several talks about the future.

"Instead of living in the past, you have to think ahead".

Koeman has not yet ruled out disciplining Lukaku for his interview, but is still hopeful the striker will extend his stay at Goodison Park. I spoke to Ross about a new contract and now it is up to the board to get that contract over the line.

Everton, which is seventh in the league, hosts 18th-placed Hull City tomorrow.