Tottenham have kept tabs on the Everton star Ross Barkley throughout the summer but seem unwilling to splash cash on the highly priced English midfielder, according to the reports from the Daily Mail.
Spurs are looking to bolster their ranks this summer as they look to win their first Premier League title next season after coming close on two occasions over the past two years and Barkley is clearly their top target.
The Sun have now claimed that Mauricio Pochettino and co are prepared to make an offer for England international Barkley in the coming weeks. However, according to the Mirror, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy believes Everton are asking too much for a player who can leave for free in a year’s time.
However, Everton manager Ronald Koeman this week said about the player’s price, “We won’t let him go cheap, of course not. We have the experience of what we need to pay for players who came here and had one year of contract.
“If there is a club thinking we can wait until the last day and we put some money on the table and we get Ross Barkley, sorry, you do not get Ross Barkley.”
In addition to the huge asking price, Tottenham face competition in the race to sign Barkley as even Chelsea and Arsenal have been closely monitoring the midfielder’s situation.
As a result, the North London outfit could consider abandoning a bid for the £50million-rated star if they succeed in signing Pape Cheikh Diop and Davinson Sanchez, if reports from the Daily Mail are to be believed.
Spurs have been under pressure in the transfer market this summer, with their rivals investing heavily on their respective squads. Left-back Danny Rose publicly criticizing the club by asking them to sign players which he “didn’t have to Google” did not help the situation either.
Astonishingly, if Tottenham are able to sign the English midfielder, this could kick start a chain of transfers.
Everton are strongly linked with a move for Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City while the Welsh side have decided to move for former Spurs midfielder Nacer Chadli, to replace the Icelandic playmaker and all these transfers could be dependent on Barkley’s prospective move to Wembley.
Pochettino is a firm believer of his principles and whether he would be willing to splash huge money for an Everton outcast remains to be seen as the window is nearing to a close.