Everton new manager Sam Allardyce claimed that Ross Barkley might already have secured an exit from Goodison Park.
The former Crystal Palace boss who took charge the relegation-threatened club.
The 23-year-old Englishman has yet to feature for Everton this campaign as he has been sidelined following a hamstring injury and he was agonisingly close to joining Chelsea in the summer.
The 23-year-old pulled out of a £35million deal at the last minute, deciding instead to make a decision on his future in January and Arsenal and Chesle are believed to ready to secure his services.
Allardyce remains hopeful that 23-year-old mdifielder will stay at Goodison Park, however, admitted a deal could already have been fixed, and the player might leave the club in January.
‘I’d like to think we can keep Barkley, unless somebody’s already done a deal for him,’ Allardyce said.
‘I am not daft enough to know in this game that those words and phone calls might not have already gone on.
‘If we could get Ross Barkley to stay then nobody would be more delighted than me. ‘Whether that is a possibility I do not know.
‘For me, it’s about getting him back in the squad first and seeing where we are from there.