Ross Barkley has yet to decide on his future at Everton because he has “more than likely been tapped up”.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman issued a warning to Barkley at the weekend, with the midfielder’s contract at the club set to expire in summer 2018.
The England international has been linked with moves to Premier League trio Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham in recent months, and could command a fee of around £30million if the Goodison Park outfit look to sell him.
According to former player Chris Sutton, the 23-year-old’s representative has probably already discussed a move with other clubs.
“He’s more than likely been tapped up,” Sutton claimed on BBC Radio 5 live with absolutely no proof. “I think he has been tapped up and that’s why there is a situation over this contract. It happens to us all.
“Why wouldn’t he sign? They could come to an agreement [over wages]. There’s a reason he hasn’t signed – his agent would have been in talks with somebody.”