Ross Barkley is absent from Everton's 25-man squad for their pre-season trip to manager Ronald Koeman's homeland of the Netherlands, as well as Belgium.
18 Jul 2017 - 8:31 AM  UPDATED 18 Jul 2017 - 8:31 AM

The Premier League club said Barkley, who also did not travel to Tanzania to play Kenyan side Gor Mahia, has stayed behind to continue his recovery from a groin injury, but transfer speculation involving the player is likely to intensify as a result.

Barkley to miss Everton's pre-season tour
Ross Barkley's Everton future remains shrouded in mystery and the midfielder will miss their pre-season tour through injury.

Barkley has a year remaining on his Everton contract and Koeman has regularly said the midfielder will be sold unless he is willing to commit to an extended deal.

The England international, who scored five goals in his 36 Premier League appearances last season, has long been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but Everton are reported to be demanding £50 million (A$83.7 million) for the 23-year-old.

New signings Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez, Davy Klaassen and Cuco Martina - whose arrival from Southampton was confirmed on Tuesday (AEST) - are all in the club's tour squad.

Everton sign Southampton's Martina on free transfer
Everton have announced the signing of Cuco Martina on a free transfer from Southampton, with the right-back reuniting with former Saints boss Ronald Koeman.

Everton are due to face FC Twente on Wednesday before travelling to Belgium, where they will play former Sydney FC goalkeeper Danny Vukovic's Genk on Saturday.