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.