Ross Barkley has not requested to become Tottenham’s top earner despite reports suggesting otherwise, according to Sky Sports.
The Mirror and other outlets have claimed Barkley is demanding wages of £150,000-a-week to join Spurs, a salary that would make him the club’s highest paid player ahead of Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris.
But Sky have now dismissed those claims, contending that sources close to the Everton midfielder have told them the story about Barkley’s demands is “untrue”.
The 23-year old refused to sign a new contract with the Toffees at the end of last season and is expected to move on in the coming weeks.
Tottenham are the only team being strongly linked with a move for the Barkley, but the clubs are thought to remain some way from compromising on a fee.
Everton value Barkley at around £50 million despite the face he has just one year left on his current deal. Spurs understandably want to sign him for much less.