Tottenham are delaying a move for Ross Barkley in the hope that Everton reduce their £50 million asking price for the player, according to The Telegraph.
Barkley is expected to leave Everton this summer after failing to sign a new contract put on the table for him by the Merseysiders.
The midfielder has just 12 months left on his current deal and is situation is reportedly being monitored by Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Barkley emerged as Spurs’ number one summer target last month, but they have been put off by his £50 million price tag.
In a report detailing Tottenham’s interest in Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira, The Telegraph has given a short update on the Barkley situation.
Journalist Matt Law writes: “Everton’s £50m valuation of Barkley is a big hurdle, but Tottenham hope the asking price might drop the longer the transfer window is open.”
So if Spurs do move for Barkley, it looks like it will be much later in the transfer window. Sometimes that tactic leads to disaster, but often it means the player’s price will go down. We’ll have to wait and see.