Everton may have given some hints as to the future of star players Ross Barkley and Romelu Kukaku with their recent kit launch.
Both players have been rumored to be on their way out of the club, but only Barkley was a key figure as the club launched their 2017/18 home kit jersey.
He posed alongside teammates Leighton Baines and Tom Davies in the new jersey showing the club’s new sponsor, SportsPesa.
@umbro @SportPesa @SportPesa_UK @UmbroUK @EvertonDirect ? | The #TogetherBlue campaign was inspired by the legacy of Dixie Dean, a local player, Evertonian and Club legend! https://t.co/bLYwvPb7nf pic.twitter.com/gwbIXhiEjm
— Everton (@Everton) May 16, 2017
Barkley has reportedly been interested in a move to Tottenham Hotspurs, with the desire to play Champions League football.
Everton have placed a 50 million-pound value on his head, and have given him a week to make up his mind on the club’s new contract offer.
“I think 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 because we can’t wait until the last moment, it’s not good for the player and it’s not good for the club,” said Everton manager Ronald Koeman.
Lukaku, on the other hand, was absent in the photo shoot, further intensifying reports of his exit.
Lukaku is the highest goal scorer this season, and Everton are reportedly demanding 100 million pounds for the wantaway striker, who reportedly prefers a move back to former side, Chelsea.
Losing Lukaku would certainly be a blow to the Toffees. Barkley said in a recent interview: “Everyone knows what type of player Rom is – he’s a big striker who gets loads of goals.
“He’s got a lot of attributes and, playing behind him, you know that once you turn he is going to be making a lot of good runs.
“You try to find him so he can stick it in the back of the net. He’s a great striker to be playing with.”