Allardyce: Everton are resigned to losing Barkley

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Allardyce: "I think that we are resigned and the club was resigned before I got here that we're going to lose Ross and I can't see that changing"

Sam Allardyce hasn't ruled out some possible outgoings this month although he has stressed that players will only be allowed to leave in permanent deals.

The manager was asked about the futures of Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas and Sandro Ramirez during his press conference ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup derby against Liverpool. He rejected talk of a firm offer having been lodged by either Valencia or Sevilla for Sandro — loan approaches have been mooted but his reported £120,000-a-week salary would be a stumbling block — but admitted that there could be interest in Barkley.

Kevin Mirallas, meanwhile, will only be sold if the conditions are right for all parties involved.

With Barkley having called off a proposed move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day last August, there were hopes among some supporters that his long injury layoff and Ronald Koeman's departure from Everton in the interim might have given the boyhood Blue pause to reconsider his decision to leave the club.

Barkley's relationship with Koeman was notoriously difficult but the change in manager doesn't appear to have altered the picture around the 24-year-old's future, with Allardyce anticipating inquiries about him during the current transfer window.

"I think that we are resigned and the club was resigned before I got here that we're going to lose Ross and I can't see that changing," the manager said.

"I expect there would be some interest some time in this window if there's going to be any interest from one of the big boys."

Barkley's contract expires in June and rival clubs are able to negotiate pre-contract terms with him this month with a view to signing him at the end of the season, with Everton due a nominal fee as compensation for his development.

The Blues' hierarchy will be hoping, however, that there is sufficient interest in the England international that clubs like Chelsea or Tottenham, both of which were said to be seriously interested a few months ago, will feel the need to buy him now rather than risk losing out on him once he is a free agent.

For his part, Mirallas is once again being linked with a move back to Olympiakos or to Turkey. The Belgian international signed a two-year extension to his Everton contract last spring but has fallen out of favour at Goodison and hasn't started a game since the dead rubber against Apollon Limassol a month ago.

"It depends on many factors,” Allardyce said regarding the prospect of Mirallas leaving this month. “It depends on, one, does Kevin want to go? Two, does he fancy the club that comes in for him? And, three, 3do we agree with the fee that's being offered?

"If it's right or us, and if it's right for him then that that transfer may well occur. Who knows?

"You never say never to what goes on in the January window, when people are in a position where they want to move players on or strengthen the squad.”


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