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Arsene Wenger is looking to sign Ross Barkley if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves the Gunners. The Daily Mail claim that Wenger will step up his interest to sign the Everton player.

So far, Everton have not received any offers for Barkley. “What I heard from the board at the moment is that there is no offer on the table for Ross,” said manager Ronald Koeman.

In case you didn’t know…

Ross Barkley had recently refused to sign a new contract, and Koeman said that the player has no future at the club.

The England midfielder had a groin surgery last week and it could take him more than 3-4 weeks to get back to match fitness.

Arsenal will face competition from Tottenham and Chelsea for Barkley. Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the 23-year old.

Chamberlain has 12 months left on his contract and as things stand, he is yet to sign a new deal with the Gunners.

Wenger has identified the 23-year old as his replacement, should he leave.

 The heart of the matter

Ross Barkley refused a new £100,000 week contract and told that he is leaving Goodison Park in search for a “new challenge.”

“His personal situation is not so difficult. We made a really good offer to him to sign a new contract, he declined that contract me that he is looking for a new challenge. Okay, he is not in Everton’s future anymore. It is his decision. I need to respect that and see what happens,” said the Everton manager.

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