Tottenham Hotspur continue to remain interested in want-away Everton midfielder Ross Barkley but are willing to pay only up to £30million.
The England international is a contract rebel at the Goodison Park and has only one year left on his current deal. For more than a year now, the relationship between Barkley and his manager Ronald Koeman has been frosty.
Spurs were interested in the player even last year but were rebuffed by the lofty valuations of Everton. We still maintain the interest though, as reported by The Mirror. The sticking point that remains though, is the valuation.
Everton value their star midfielder at £50million even though the player has just a year left on his contract. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is a fan of Barkley and has made him his top target for the summer. But Spurs Chairam Daniel Levy values the midfielder between £25million to £30million.
The midfielder is one of the natural talents to have come out of Everton but hasn’t lived up to his potential – at least in the last couple of years. With Koeman expressing doubts if he has the attitude to step up, the player’s camp has apprehensions if his future lies at Everton or away from it.
Everton have already spent more than £90million in the transfer window so far and are reportedly chasing Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea (Mirror). To be honest, Koeman has covered up for the absence of Barkley after he made multiple failed attempts to get him to sign a new contract.
Tottenham fans have every reason to complain about the transfers as the window has been very quiet. Having already lost Kyle Walker to Manchester City, Tottenham have seen no signings so far.
The acquisition of Barkley would surely appease the fans as he has been one of the rising domestic stars. Pochettino is known to lift the performances of talented players and the England midfielder would only benefit by playing under him. The bigger question however is, if the Toffees will let him leave at the price offered by us.