Tottenham are set to compete directly with Chelsea for the signature of Everton midfielder in the January transfer window.
The England international Ross Barkley has refused to sign a new contract at Goodison Park and was heavily tipped with a move to Spurs in the summer, but a hamstring situation complicated matters with Everton eventually accepting a last-minute £35 million bid from Chelsea for the player, only for Barkley to have a change of mind and decide against a move to Stamford Bridge.
Now reportedly Spurs want to revive their interest in January, with Barkley’s price likely to drop to only £20 million, because of the length left on his contract. Manager Mauricio Pochettino considers Barkley a potential midfield partner for Eric Dier, with Moussa Dembele struggling with a persistent foot injury which needs careful management.
For Barkley, such a move may be attractive as it gives him the chance to force his way in England manager Gareth Southgate’s plans with next year’s World Cup on the horizon.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.