Koeman won't let Barkley leave Everton on the cheap

  • Koeman won't let Barkley leave Everton on the cheap

Koeman won't let Barkley leave Everton on the cheap

Ronald Koeman has told Ross Barkley's suitors - including Tottenham - that Everton will not accept a below-market offer for the England global near the end of the transfer window.

Everton welcome Stoke City to Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and are favourites to come out on top with the Blues so strong on home soil compared to the poor form of Stoke on the road.

Morata contributed 15 LaLiga goals despite starting only 14 league games for Madrid last season and Chelsea need him to make an immediate impact, with star man Eden Hazard out for the opening weeks as he recovers from an ankle injury.

"Okay, I believe if we get the picture of the last season we are stronger but being stronger than last season does not mean you will win against the big six because they also will be more strong than last season".

Rooney's return to Everton should be one of the feel-good stories of the Premier League season, with the former Manchester United captain looking to recapture the glory days. The end of the transfer window is more realistic to speak of targets and what is possible.

Bournemouth conceded 67 goals last season, but the arrivals of Ake and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Stamford Bridge should improve their solidity as Howe looks to build on last season's impressive ninth-place finish.

Everton also signed Sandro Ramirez from Malaga, who scored an impressive 14 goals in 30 appearances last season. It is always better to start at home than away.

Potters boss Mark Hughes has been trying to get the 25-year-old centre-half back to the bet365 Stadium on a permanent basis following his successful loan spell last season.

"My understanding is it's very close", said Hughes.

"It's one that's frustrated a lot of people, not least myself, but now it's likely to get done unless there's any last-minute hitches, but we don't anticipate any. We are looking forward to getting started".

"They've got a good side and they've spent money from letting good players go, perhaps similar to Southampton a couple of years ago".

Having said that I'm backing them to kick the season off with a win against a Stoke side I fear will struggle having lost Marko Arnautovic to West Ham.