Alan Stubbs reckons Barkley’s immediate future lies away from Everton.
Stubbs told talkSPORT. “I think Ronald put his cards on the table with Ross before the end of the season and he gave him an ultimatum.
“The fact that we are three weeks gone and Ross hasn’t signed, then I think that’s the biggest indicator that Ross’ future is going to lie elsewhere.
“The one thing that he (Koeman) said towards the end is that he wanted more creativity in the team and I think, with Klaassen, he’s certainly got that – his record is very good and he’s a great age.”
“Potentially it’s the most exciting pre-season that I’ve probably seen at Everton for a good five or 10 years,” Stubbs added.
“We have an owner (Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri) who is ready to back the club and I think he is trying to get his business done early and the first two signings look really good and I think there will be plenty more.
“I think Everton will potentially be spending over £100m and I didn’t think I’d ever be saying that.
“We are now waiting to see if Romelu stays or goes. The sooner that cloud is removed, whether he is staying or going, it is better for the club so they can move forward.
“Irrespective of Romelu’s transfer Everton have shown they are going to be as serious as they possibly can to get into the top four – that is the aim for Everton at the moment.”