Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley’s Spurs move hits the skids, attention turns to Borussia Dortmund

Ross Barkley & Tottenham

Will Ross Barkley leave Everton and join Tottenham this summer?

The rumours have been rife for months, however, on July 19, there seems to be no end in sight to the possible deal.

Rather, Barkley’s Tottenham move seems to be getting even more complicated, as Spurs now have an issue with the transfer.

That’s due to Barkley’s wage demands, as the Times report that Spurs are baulking at the England international’s request:

Ross Barkley wants to become Tottenham Hotspur’s highest earner on £150,000 a week if he is join them from Everton. Tottenham are expected to bid for the midfielder, who has one year left on his contract, after he rejected an offer worth £100,000 a week to stay at Goodison Park.

The London club are likely to balk at Barkley’s wage demands, which are more than double the £65,000 per week he earns at Everton. They would put him ahead of Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane, both of whom signed deals of about £120,000 a week last season, as the club’s top earner.

What about the price tag?

It’s also worth noting that Tottenham and Everton don’t seem close to agreeing a transfer fee either.

Last weekend, the Mirror reported that while Everton are looking for 50 million pounds for the 23-year-old, who only has one year remaining on his contract, Spurs are only willing to pay between 25 and 30 million pounds for the playmaker.

The Mirror also stated that Tottenham would like to close the deal before Wednesday, i.e. today, when they fly to the USA for their pre-season tour. That, however, now seems hugely unlikely to happen.

Looking elsewhere

As the Barkley deal stalls, the Times believe Tottenham are looking at another target. Readers are informed:

Tottenham will consider other options, including Christian Pulisic, the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder who may accept that he will not be a regular starter. 

Is Pulisic attainable? Tipped to be the best American player of all-time, the midfielder is under contract at BVB until 2020 after he agreed a new deal back in January.

Pulisic played 41 times for Dortmund last season, scoring five times.