Barkley has impressed for Everton with 21 goals and 21 assists in 150 league appearances for the club though, and so it remains to be seen whether or not a deal can be struck between the two parties as Everton look to continue their big spending this summer too.
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.
Spurs fans who are not hugely enthusiastic about signing Barkley hope Pochettino can get the best out of a young English talent.
In fact they want him on board before they jet-off on their pre-season tour of the U.S. this week, but are not willing to match Everton's valuation, meaning it is likely to drag on. Spurs are willing to pay between 25 and 30 million pounds. The attacking midfielder would fit the system for Spurs and give them extra ammunition going forward.
Tottenham are reportedly pushing to secure the signing of Ross Barkley before they depart for their pre-season tour this week, but there's still a gap to be bridged.
Considering Everton's transfer fee for Ross Barkley and Swansea's intransigence on Gylfi Sigurdsson, it would not be a huge surprise if Tottenham's move drags on way into the summer.