Everton to open talks with Ross Barkley this summer regarding new deal

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Everton will offer Ross Barkley a new deal at the end of the season to stave off interest from his reported suitors, according to the Daily Mail.

After a much-improved campaign at Goodison Park, during which Barkley has scored eight league goals and assisted seven, it's expected interest will be rife in the England international.

The likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly in the hunt for the midfielder, who has been at Everton since the age of 11.


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A move away looks unlikely regardless of whether an extension is offered, yet it appears Everton are willing to reward Barkley with a new deal that will see his current £65,000-per-week wages increased.

The 22-year-old stroked home two confident penalties during a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United last week and played a vital role in his side's away win over Stoke City on Saturday to continue his rich vein of form.

The Englishman's impressive recent performances have seen the Toffees climb to eighth in the Premier League after once languishing in 11th.

Barkley's rise this season came after a somewhat turbulent one last campaign, missing the opening two months with a knee injury and managing to find the net on just two occasions upon his return.

This time around, however, accompanied by the equally-impressive likes of Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu, the England star has found his best form and begun to live up to the high regards fans hold him in.

Following the club's victory over Steve McClaren's Magpies last week, manager Roberto Martinez said of Barkley: "Ross is not a young man anymore. He's a player you can build a project around.

"I've just seen a big, big difference this season in Ross. He's showing he has the confidence he needs.

"There was a moment against Newcastle when he tracked Andros Townsend back all the way, and won the ball back.

"That wasn't his role. But he sensed danger and reacted. It means he has developed from a young lad who only does what you tell him, to someone who knows what he has to do. And that's a big difference."

Barkley will hope such form continues amidst his bid to secure a place at this summer's European Championships and become one of the Premier League's finest attacking midfielders. He has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current contract at Everton.

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