Everton Going Toe-to-toe with Aston Villa Over Luton Star as Everton Moves to Hijack Deal.

Everton's Ross Barkley 'changed his mind' over £35m move to Chelsea |  Everton | The Guardian

Everton have shown interest in re-signing Ross Barkley from Luton Town but are likely to lose out to Aston Villa, according to sources from Football Insider.

Everton’s inability to secure Barkley’s signature is due to the necessity of selling players before making new acquisitions. This situation is said to be “hugely frustrating for Sean Dyche,” the Everton manager who is keen to bring Barkley back.

On May 26, Football Insider reported that Aston Villa has agreed to a two-year contract with Barkley, including a 12-month option, as they finalize his transfer from Luton next month. There is expected to be no transfer fee involved because Barkley’s contract with Luton was a one-year deal with a 12-month extension option and a clause allowing him to leave for free if the club were relegated.

Football Insider first reported on May 18 that Villa had initiated talks with Barkley and later confirmed a “full agreement” on May 25 to bring him to Villa Park.

Everton faced competition from several Premier League clubs for their former academy player, but Barkley is now anticipated to join Unai Emery’s team this summer.

Financial constraints are preventing Everton from securing Barkley’s return. Over the past year, Barkley has revitalized his career with impressive performances for Luton, after joining from French club Nice on a free transfer last summer.

Football Insider highlighted on May 18 that Dyche might consider leaving Goodison Park due to the club’s ongoing uncertainties. Additionally, Football Insider revealed on May 21 that Everton will need to sell at least one of their “big” players before submitting their accounts on June 30, further limiting Dyche’s options.


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