Barkley yet to sign a new Everton contract and Spurs are waiting in the wings
Ross Barkley’s current refusal to sign a new deal at Everton FC means that speculation is rife that the midfielder could leave Goodison Park in the summer and it appears as though Tottenham Hotspur are an interested party.
Spurs have made a habit of building a team packed with young English talent, including Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Danny Rose. Mauricio Pochettino might now be keen on bolstering his squad with a player who has only shown glimpses of being a top quality player thus far.
Barkley might consider he needs a clean break after emerging with Everton and BetVictor offer odds of 4/6 that the player’s next club is Spurs, with the north London club able to offer Champions League football to prospective new players next season.
Sky Bet make Barkley an even money chance to remain with Everton and offer 6/5 that he instead refuses a new contract and opens talks with Tottenham, while Manchester City might be another interested party and they are available at 10/1 to sign the player.
Manchester United are as short as 8/1 to snap up the midfielder, which would mean Barkley following in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini in terms of switching from Goodison Park to Old Trafford.
Ronald Koeman has clearly issued an ultimatum to Barkley as he wants to begin planning for the 2017/18 season and it appears he’s likely to lose Romelu Lukaku who hasn’t signed a new deal at the Merseyside club and appears keen to further his ambitions with a club operating in the Champions League.