With just 12 months left on his current contract, Everton are yet to receive any kind of positive news from their midfielder Ross Barkley. And if reports are to be believed then both Manchester United and Chelsea are keeping a keen eye on the developments.
According to the latest news, both the clubs are planning a late bid for the 23-year-old if his talks with Everton do not make any kind of progress. Barkley is an Everton youth team product who made his senior debut for the Toffees back in 2010. When he first broke into the scene, the English International was regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders around and was considered as an asset for the future. But as the seasons have gone by, Barkley has failed to live up to those expectations. And as of today, he is considered as quite an average player.
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But having said that clubs like United and Chelsea still see a lot of potential in the player and are hoping he will be able to replicate his form from his early days if given a proper platform.
Earlier reports suggested that Mauricio Pochettino had shown an interest in the player and was willing to pay Everton £50 million. But it was Barkley’s high wage demands(£150,000/week) that pushed Spurs on the back foot. Later though, a source close to the player confirmed that Barkley did not demand such a wage structure from Spurs.
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For starters, the news is still in its early days so it’s quite difficult to make anything out of it. But Everton boss Ronald Koeman is still not convinced with Barkley’s commitment to the club. And that alone makes this piece of news bookmark worthy.