Wayne Rooney urges midfielder Ross Barkley to stay at Everton

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 17, 2017

Tottenham are the go-to team when it comes to exciting young talent and Barkley could excel under Pochettino if he made the move. Tottenham are seemingly the only side interested in the player, who wants a deal worth £120,000-a-week if he is to stay on Merseyside, and there is a willingness on both sides for a deal to be completed.

As Barkley has just one year left on his current contract with Everton, this summer will be Everton's last chance to cash in on a sale for him.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has told chief Daniel Levy the 23-year-old Scouser is his top summer target to help mount a title challenge this season. So if Tottenham really are waiting in the wings but are reluctant to pay what the player wants, it would be refreshing - and smart - to see Barkley make the right move for the good of his career rather than his bank balance.

The Toffees know the clock is ticking on Spurs deadline of next Wednesday when they depart for their pre-season tour of the United States and will test Levy's nerve and hold out for what they want. Barkley's desire to move to London would have to be strong to join either club, though, with neither involved in European competition this season.

The Toffees are also trying to push through a move for Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson. This emphasises the Dutchman's craving for creativity while also highlighting a fairly lacklustre goal return for a player in Barkley's position.

Everton are still holding out for a deal in the region of £50 million, a figure vindicated by Spurs selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £54m this week.

But The Independent says Tottenham are ready to step up endeavors to sign Barkley with Everton ready to reduce their £50m asking price.

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