Will Ross Barkley join Spurs?
There is plenty of speculation about Ross Barkley in the English press on Friday.
Barkley has just one year left on his Everton contract and has been heavily linked with Tottenham.
Earlier this week, Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that Barkley would be leaving the club this summer.
The Sun link Chelsea with a move for Barkley today but Spurs remain favourites.
As is well known, Tottenham are currently the only side in the Premier League not to sign a player this summer.
The new Moussa Dembele?
Matt Hughes reports in The Times on Friday that:
“Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign Ross Barkley for Tottenham Hotspur this summer in the belief that he can convert the England player into a central midfielder. The Tottenham manager has identified the Everton midfielder as a potential long-term replacement for Mousa Dembélé as he fears that the Belgian will struggle to play at the highest level beyond his early thirties.”
Although Barkley has played much of his career in an advanced midfield role, Pochettino sees the Everton midfielder as the perfect player to replace Dembele.
Isn’t Josh Onomah the new Dembele?!
The Belgian midfielder has announced on Tottenham’s US tour that he will never be 100% fit.
Dembele has also hailed Josh Onomah as his perfect replacement with the youngster impressing at the recent Under-20 World Cup.
So far on Tottenham’s USA tour, Onomah has played in an advanced role in midfield, but this may be due to injuries to Heung Min Son and Erik Lamela.
Harry Winks is also highly regarded by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
The Ross Barkley situation?
For many months now, Ross Barkley has been linked with a move to Tottenham.
Barkley very much fits the profile of players at Tottenham: Young, English with improving to do under Mauricio Pochettino.
In his presser on Wednesday, Ronald Koeman denied any bids had been made for Barkley.
Throughout the summer so far, Spurs have reportedly been unwilling to spend Everton’s asking price for Barkley: 50 million pounds.