Mauricio Pochettino was recently asked as to whether Tottenham would make a January bid for Everton’s Ross Barkley and the Argentine simply replied by saying that the winter window is too far to talk about and further quoted that he does not like talking about the players of other clubs. (Football.London)
It is no secret that Barkley wanted to move away from Everton this summer and Tottenham, alongside Chelsea, were interested in acquiring his signature. But no move ever materialised. Toffees’ manager Ronald Koeman even confirmed the news saying that Barkley leaving the Goodison Park was all but confirmed.
“It is really clear. I am looking to other players, that is my priority and not Ross, with all respect because it is his decision. Everybody knows what the situation is. That is enough. I don’t talk any more about this situation, we will see what happens. He told me at the end of last season [that he wants to leave].” (Telegraph)
Unfortunately for every party involved, the move failed. Chelsea, in particular, were credited with a strong interest as Antonio Conte wanted to add quality depth to his roster. The Blues reportedly had a £35million bid accepted for the Barkley, but the midfielder rejected a move to the Bridge as he wanted to work under Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino was interested in the midfielder but never made a bid for him. The Argentine was recently asked whether he would make another bid for the Englishman in the winter transfer window and he firmly refused to comment on it. Speaking at the pre-match press conference before Tottenham’s clash against Everton, he said (as quoted by Football.London):
“It’s still too far to speak about the next transfer window. And you know like always, the players that are in another club I never speak about.”
Furthermore, he was also asked as to whether Vincent Janssen has a future at the club and the gaffer’s reply seemed quite optimistic.
The Dutchman, reportedly, had an offer from Brighton & Hove Albion on the deadline day and he rejected it firmly even after knowing that his chances this season would be cut short given that Tottenham signed Fernando Llorente on the deadline day. Furthermore, he was excluded from Tottenham’s Champions League squad, along with Erik Lamela.
“Yes of course. The next question is why he is not in Champions League squad. That is about numbers,” Poch explained (as quoted by Football.London).
“We only have 17 places [for non-homegrown players], we are 19, so him and Lamela we decided [to leave out]. But in January we check again to see if we change the names in the squad. But, yes, he has a future like other players here.”
Should Tottenham move for Barkley in January? Does Vincent Janssen have a future at the club? What do you think?