Ross Barkley is very likely to leave Everton in January and Chelsea and Tottenham are ready to fight for his signature.
The English midfielder’s contract at Goodison Park is set to expire next summer and therefore Everton’s financial demands are expected to be much lowered.
Chelsea were very close to sign Barkley this summer, when The Blues submitted a €40m bid for the midfielder. But the player’s slow recovery after a hamstring injury made it difficult for the move to materialise, as it was rumoured that the move fell during the medical tests.
Chelsea have not given up to the idea of signing Ross Barkley. However, now they will face competition for the services of the 23-year-old. According to the Mirror, Mauricio Pochettino is ready to offer Barkley the chance to participate in the upcoming World Cup next summer.
The Argentinian manager of Tottenham is known for his ability to produce player for the England national team. Furthermore, Pochettino has faith in Barkley and this could prove decisive for the player’s future, as he would love to be able to take part in the 2018 World Cup that will take place in Russia next summer.
Pochettino sees Barkley as a perfect deep-lying playmaker in the midfield line of Tottenham, as the Argentinian is lacking options in that area, with Mousa Dembele struggling with a foot injury. Furthermore, a move to Tottenham will mean that Barkley will have the chance to play alongside Eric Dier, who is now the number 1 choice for the anchorman role in England’s team. A partnership between the two players at the club level will strengthen their chemistry and would give Gareth Southgate a boost in his midfield line for the World Cup.
Barkley has already made it clear that he does not want to continue with Everton and the Toffees will look to cash in on the player in January rather than to lose him for free in the summer.