According to The Mirror, Tottenham are hoping to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley before the end of next week ahead of their Summer tour of the US.
In recent weeks, both 23 year old Ross Barkley and Porto’s Ricardo Pereira have emerged as Tottenham’s top transfer targets, especially now that Kyle Walker has finalised his big money move to Manchester City.
It appeared that Tottenham were waiting for Everton to drop the hefty £50 million price-tag placed on the English play-maker, as Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy reportedly felt as though a player in the last year of his contract could not command such a high fee.
Now however, The Independent report that Everton are finally willing to compromise on Barkley’s transfer fee, with £30 million being the likely new evaluation of the want-away midfielder.
This is apparently due to Barkley’s contract situation, as the Englishman has been reluctant to sign an extension at Goodison Park, with his current deal running out next year.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman will reportedly try to avoid allowing Barkley to leave on a free transfer, by cashing in on the 23 year old this Summer.
Tottenham begin their International Champions Cup campaign on the 22nd of July against PSG in Orlando.
By then, Tottenham hope Barkley will be a Spurs player, but if the last few weeks have been anything to go on, then negotiations will be far from easy.