The 23-year-old, widely tipped as the one for the future, is enduring a difficult time this season at Everton. He does have 31 league appearances to his name, but his off the field antics have induced a lot of problems.
Barkley unarguably is one of the most promising British talents, but United’s link with him might not be digested well by the Devils’ supporters.
With Michael Carrick close to hanging his boots, United, without a slightest of doubt, need someone to fill the void, and given Barkley’s versatility, he can certainly be the one.
But what might upset Mourinho in the near future would be his inconsistency. On his day, the Evertonian is a player to be reckon with, and can single-handedly dictate the mechanism of the game. However, when not in form, his childish and violent displays could lead to a lot of problems – not just for the player, but for the club as well.
Furthermore, according to reports from two years ago, Chelsea’s £35 million bid for the midfielder was rejected by Everton chairman Bill Kenwright, as he insisted that Barkley would be going nowhere. But the fact that he now has just a year left on his contract might irk Everton to take some early actions.
Their manager, Ronald Koeman, has clearly warned Barkley to sign a new £100,000 a week deal or get ready to be auctioned out this summer. Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur have shown a reported interest, but nothing has been finalized till date.
It is expected that United will boast an upper hand in the negotiation, mainly due to the uncertain future of Wayne Rooney. The 31-year-old is tipped to leave United this summer, and Ronald Koeman has publicly said that he will be happy to sign him. And should any such deal happen, Barkley moving to Old Trafford will be a very probable directive.