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Barcelona are not Everton’s biggest threat for Ronald Koeman

The Dutchman has been linked with a return to the Nou Camp but the bigger danger could be in the Premier League

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A theme is developing in the media with Everton, if they’re doing well, then somebody is going to leave and destabilize it all.

First, it was Ross Barkley moving to Tottenham Hotspur, then it was Romelu Lukaku on his way back to Chelsea. Now, apparently, Barcelona are eyeing up Ronald Koeman.

The La Liga giants look set to part ways with Luis Enrique this summer, a story that has picked up pace following the midweek humiliation to Paris Saint-Germain.

Should he depart the Nou Camp, a number of big names are likely to be linked with the position and among those being suggested is the current Everton boss.

Koeman has a history in Cataluña and the sense is that those higher up at the club feel the Dutchman would be the perfect choice to revive the so-called failing Barcelona project.

The fact of the matter is, though, Barcelona are not the club that Everton should be worried about, Arsenal are.

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Arsene Wenger appears to be careening towards a departure this summer and Koeman could be viewed as a perfect replacement.

He has the name, he has the football pedigree and he has been relatively successful as a manager in the Premier League so far.

He also has a track record of developing young players, something he has shown already in his short stint on Merseyside.

More than that, if Wenger should leave, they are unlikely to be able to attract a big name to replace him.

Diego Simeone will stay at Atletico Madrid; the same can be said for Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus. Similarly, would Thomas Tuchel leave Borussia Dortmund for Arsenal? It’s debatable. Koeman is more attainable.

He may be tied into a long-term deal at Goodison Park but the fact is he would see Arsenal as a step up, especially if he does want that Barcelona job in future.

Of course, it is all ifs and buts at this moment in time but if both Arsenal and Barcelona are looking for new managers this summer, it is the former that Everton should really be worried about.