Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has delayed new contract talks until the end of the season, according to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star.
The 23 year old has 18 months to run on his current £65k a week deal, and discussions were scheduled to get under way in the New Year but it seems any talks have been put on the back-burner.
The Star say Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs are aware of the latest developments surrounding Barkley’s future. The midfielder has scored five goals, and provided five assists in 26 outings so far this campaign but has been criticised on occasion by his manager Ronald Koeman.
The Dutch boss substituted Barkley at half time in a match against Sunderland back in September after questioning his ball retention skills, and the player and manager have had a number of meetings regarding performances this season.
It seems Barclay is waiting to see how this season turns out under Koeman before making any decision on his long term future at Goodison Park.