Liverpool stand no chance of landing rising England star Ross Barkley in the future, but the midfielder could perhaps move to Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea, according to former Everton star Ian Snodin.
The 50-year-old, who made 148 domestic appearances for the Toffees between 1987 and 1995, stated his belief - as reported in the Daily Star - that Barkley would never play for Liverpool, despite the fact that he’s been linked with an incredible £38million move to Anfield in the past few months.
The Merseyside youngster’s meteoric rise to notoriety culminated in an assured showing at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil and, as a result, the interest in his services isn’t likely to wane anytime soon.
Liverpool and United interest
Of all his potential suitors it would seem that Liverpool and United are the most actively interested in landing him in the future. A move away from Everton this summer looks virtually impossible given his importance to Roberto Martinez moving forward and the fact that he has a contract which runs until 2016.
The 20-year-old is seen as one of the most promising young footballers in Europe and could well end up increasing his market value were he to enjoy another fruitful campaign next season. As such a move to a top European side willing to pay big money can’t be ruled in the long run, although Snodin has a clear opinion on who Barkley may opt for.
“I don't think Liverpool would have much of a chance signing him. I don't think Ross would like to upset Evertonians and go across the park,” the ex-Toffees star said.
"If he's going to go anywhere, which he probably will do one day, he will go to one of the top clubs in Europe.
"And if he does happen to go in the next few seasons, he'll go for a lot of money.
"The only clubs in England with the money to get him would be Manchester City, United and Chelsea.”
Would Barkley move?
Since it was Everton who gave him his big break in the Premier League, and Martinez’s side have done very well since his introduction, in an ideal world Barkley wouldn’t even be thinking about jumping ship just yet. For the first time in a good few years the Toffees have a good chance of cracking the top four if they can ensure they’re consistent next campaign, and that alone should provide the youngster with enough of an ambitious project to keep him occupied for a time.
However eventually the will to compete for major trophies will inevitably begin to factor in, and unless Barkley wishes to follow in the footsteps of Steven Gerrard in resigning himself to the life of a one-club man then it would be safe to predict that the lure of a club like United - should they be restored to their former glory under Louis van Gaal - would prove too much.
Everton fans, do you think Barkley will leave in the coming seasons? Or do you think the idea of staying at Goodison Park will be enough to keep him?