The Next Rooney? Man Utd Join the Crowded Race For £50m Premier League Star

The Next Rooney? Man Utd Join the Crowded Race For £50m Premier League Star

THE Premier League’s top clubs are reportedly lining up to offer Ross Barkley a way out of Everton.

Everton want star man Barkley to sign a new contract to stop him leaving for a rival club.

But the Daily Star Sunday claim Barkley has delayed his decision over the deal as he keeps his options open.

According to the report, the 23-year-old has both Manchester clubs plus Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal tracking his situation.

And it has left Everton manager Ronald Koeman sweating over his star man.

It is claimed Barkley, who does not have the best of relationships with Dutchman Koeman, is in no rush to sign an improved contract on Merseyside.

That is despite the playmaker having less than 18 months left on his current £65,000-a-week deal.

Spurs were linked with a move for Barkley during the January transfer window but Everton were in no mood to sell their academy product.

The £50m-rated youngster has scored five goals for Everton this season but was unable to help the Toffees past Middlesbrough in their goalless draw at the Riverside yesterday.

Manchesters United and City were supposedly interested in Barkley last summer before moving for different midfield options.

The England international could be considered as a potential replacement for Wayne Rooney, who moved at Old Trafford from Merseyside back in 2004. However, the club legend has been out-of-favour under Jose Mourinho and expected to leave United in the summer for Chinese or MLS clubs.

The report adds that Barkley will also have a number of suitors from across Europe when he comes to make his decision at the end of the season.