Tottenham’s hopes of signing Ross Barkley without any major competition are about to be dealt a blow as the Mirror reports that our London rivals Chelsea will try to sign the 23-year-old Englishman again.
Barkley was close to joining Chelsea in the summer but for some reason, he backed out of the medical and remained at Everton. The problem for the midfielder has been his injury which has kept him out of the starting XI for the Toffees. That has raised doubts about his ability to make a full recovery this season.
Tottenham were interested in the 23-year-old but no deal was finalised in the summer. Maybe we are waiting for his contract to run out but moving for him in January and getting him on a cut-price deal makes more sense.
Even though Everton have new ownership and deeper pockets, they would not want to lose a quality player for free. Tottenham and Chelsea could drive the price of Barkley a little higher but does it really make sense for us to move for the 23-year-old?
Not only has Barkley failed to play for the first-team this season, but the sacking of Ronald Koeman and a new manager coming in might not help him all that much. His fate seems sealed as he wants a move away from Everton but not playing this season might just put a spanner in the works.
We need someone who can provide competition and cover to the likes of Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama, especially due to the injury records of the pair. The Englishman is still young and under the right management, he would be reaching his potential but the big question is, which club will he end up at?
Chelsea trying to sign him now might be a move to please Antonio Conte who has been in a bitter battle with the board while we have one of the best coaches in Mauricio Pochettino, who always supports and encourages young players.
The choice is for Barkley to make and hopefully, he makes the right one and moves to Spurs.