Everton’s long-term future to be shaped by Chelsea, Man City, Barcelona

The Merseysiders could well lose Gareth Barry, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu at the end of the campaign.

Roberto Martinez has rejuvenated Everton and made the Merseyside club one of the most entertaining sides in the Premier League this season.

The Goodison Park outfit have a fantastic chance to potentially finish in the top four at the first time of asking under the Spaniard, with a fantastic season under their belts.

Regardless of whether Everton qualify for the Champions League or not, the club face a battle this summer to give Martinez a squad capable of emulating this season’s achievements.

As positive a campaign as it has been for the club, a fair proportion of its success must be down to the loan signings of three key players.

Romelu Lukaku has been brought in from Chelsea to add a real threat in the final third, Gareth Barry has been a driving force in the club’s midfield and Gerard Deulofeu a gifted wildcard that has inspired his team-mates and the fans.

However, although Martinez will surely try to extend the trio’s stay at the club, there is every chance that all three could return to their parent clubs or move elsewhere this summer.

Lukaku and Barry’s departure would be a bitter blow for the Merseyside team, with players of this quality very difficult to replace in the summer.

If Martinez can continue to work his magic in the transfer market and convince these two to sign permanent deals at Everton it could well be the springboard to see the Toffees challenge perennially for a top-four spot.

However, losing players of this magnitude could well be a hammer blow that makes things very difficult for a club that has a moderate budget to work from in comparison to the team’s around them.

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