According to reports, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is waiting for the Merseyside club to drop their price for Barkley, who has been left out from their pre-season squad, as he is suffering from an injury.
Barkley has garnered enough interest this summer, and is one of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s top targets. But now, things have gotten more interesting, with both United and Chelsea in race to sign the England international.
The Blues as well as the Red Devils are monitoring the situation, and Spurs will have to seal a transfer quickly to prevent their rivals from having the last laugh.
Tottenham currently remain at the front of the queue for the midfielder, though, who desperately wants to move to a better club. He has entered the final 12 months of his contract with the Toffees, and will not sign a renewal.
With Everton having signed Ajax captain Davy Klaassen, and their pursuit of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea ongoing, Barkley’s chances of featuring for the side could be limited under manager Ronald Koeman, who feels the youngster could leave in the summer.
Everton have put a £50m price tag on Barkley, which is unlikely to be met by any of the player’s suitors. United and Chelsea, however, can pay promising wages to the player, which Spurs run the risk of missing. But under Pochettino’s management, the young English players have done very well, and Barkley could be tempted by that.
The Merseyside outfit is yet to receive any formal offer for their star player, but that is expected to change in the coming weeks, with both Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho seeking to add depth to their sides, with the added appeal of signing a young English player.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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