Barkley's Everton FC exit wanted next week

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Behind-the-scenes developments are taking place with Tottenham and Everton regarding Toffees' outcast Ross Barkley, who could be donning a Spurs shirt within days.

£50 million is an astronomical fee for any player of Barkley's quality, especially given that there is only one year left on his current deal.

The 27-year-old has signed a three-year-deal at Goodison Park and again links up with manager Ronald Koeman, who coached him at the south-coast club.

However, The Independent reports that Spurs are preparing to step up their pursuit of the 22-cap England midfielder, with Everton ready to compromise on their asking price as they look to avoid losing him for nothing next summer.

In contrast, Ronald Koeman criticised Ross Barkley frequently during the 2016-17 season, chastising him for not being tactically intelligent enough and challenging him to improve despite his good performances.

However Tottenham are now unwilling to sanction a deal beyond £30m for the 23-year-old, who was regularly challenged by Ronald Koeman last season. This is the epitome of transfer season, especially in the English Premier League where the coffers are overflowing for the major teams.

A few years on from Barkley's breakthrough 2013-14 season and still there are question marks over what his best role is; is he more effective as an attacking no.10 or slightly deeper in central midfield?

If Barkley becomes a Spurs player he deserves our support, but until then it's very fair to question this possible signing. Spurs are willing to pay between 25 and 30 million pounds.

Tottenham have always been mentioned in connection with Barkley, although until now appear to have been put off by his hefty £50m valuation.

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