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Ross Barkley: Everton manager Ronald Koeman warns midfielder he could be sold

Romelu Lukaku (left) and Ross Barkley have been offered new contracts by Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley should be sold if he does not sign a new contract, says manager Ronald Koeman.

The 23-year-old England international, who set up the first of Romelu Lukaku’s two goals in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Leicester, has a year left on his deal.

“We offer him a new contract, and there are two possibilities,” said Koeman.

“One, he signs that contract. If he doesn’t sign that contract then we need to sell the player. It’s simple, it’s not so difficult in my opinion.”

Barkley, who was born in Liverpool and came through the Everton academy, has scored five goals and provided eight assists this season.

Team-mate Lukaku, the Premier League’s top scorer with 23 goals, last month turned down a new five-year deal thought to be worth about £140,000 a week.

The Belgian, whose contract expires in 2019, recently stated his desire