Cardiff City’s out-spoken manager Neil Warnock, has revealed his views on Tottenham’s transfer targets, to TalkSport. The Yorkshireman is of the opinion that Everton’s Ross Barkley could be the right fit for Spurs.
Warnock, who is never afraid to give an opinion, claimed that Barkley could be a “super player”, under the right manager and that he could be “a top five player”.
Barkley is entering the final year of his contract at Goodison Park and it is looking increasingly likely that he will leave his hometown club.
“I think he’d be a super player for a club like Spurs. I think he could be a top five player…but for a certain manager,” Warnock told TalkSport.
Tottenham, who have been looking for more creative players all summer, have been strongly linked with the England international.
However, media outlets have disagreed over how much of a priority Barkley is for the North-London side. Some have claimed that he is their number one transfer target this transfer window. While, others believe that Spurs have greater priorities.
It is understood, that the player could be available this summer for around £25million. Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been clear that if Barkley doesn’t sign the contract that has been offered to him, then he will be sold.
The Merseyside club have already made several impressive signings this window. Wayne Rooney’s rumoured return seems to be edging closer too (BBC Sport). Barkley may need to leave this summer, or find himself unwanted next campaign.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, is determined to add more creative players to his ranks. Tottenham are one of the most attacking and exciting sides in the Premier League, but the Argentinian thinks that they can become more productive with the ball.
The club have been linked with many playmakers in recent weeks. However, Barkley’s name has featured more consistently than anyone else’s. He could well be chosen as the man to be Spurs’ new number 10.
£25million for a talented, young English player almost seems like a steal in the modern market. Such is the inflation of homegrown talent in the Premier League, that it would almost feel like a bargain. Everton though, are powerless to ask for more money in this situation. If they try and price him out of the market, then they risk losing their asset for nothing next summer.