Manchester United are lurking in the wings as Everton look to drop their price for Ross Barkley, according to reports.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has been stalling on a deal, as he’s one of Mauricio Pochettino’s top targets this summer, but Man United and Chelsea are monitoring the situation.
Everton have put a £50million price tag on the head of Barkley, which is unlikely to be met as he’s entering the final year of his Goodison Park contract.
The longer Tottenham wait for a deal the easier it is for a deal to be hijacked, especially as Chelsea and United could comfortably pay Barkley over £100,000-a-week, which presents a dilemma for Levy.
Barkley’s price will drop but the likelihood of Chelsea or United becoming more interested increase, with Everton hoping for a bidding war.
The only thing Tottenham have to offer over either clubs is that English players have flourished under Pochettino at White Hart Lane in recent years, with many believing Barkley has the potential to become one of the best-attacking midfielders in the country.
United have been on the lookout for a new midfielder and although he may not be Jose Mourinho’s top target, there’s no doubting the fact that the chemistry would already be in place with Romelu Lukaku.