Everton are willing to alter their £50m valuation of Spurs target Ross Barkley with the playmaker’s contract set to expire next summer, report the Independent.
Barkley, 23, has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park over the past few months and Spurs appear to be in pole position to sign him with Mauricio Pochettino a long-term admirer of his talents.
Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy has been reluctant to match Everton’s £50m valuation of the England international – deeming it unrealistic for a player in the final year of his deal – and now it seems that the Toffees are prepared to lower their asking price.
Although Everton would receive compensation if Barkley were to leave at the end of his contract and join another English club, that sum would be far less than what they could sell him for this summer.
Furthermore, with Davy Klaassen having joined from Ajax and Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson a high-profile target, Barkley would not be guaranteed regular football at Everton next year if he did stay.
Spurs are the only Premier League club yet to make a signing this summer and instead have allowed one of their first team regulars to leave with Kyle Walker joining Manchester City for £50m.
Barkley was in good form last season, scoring five goals and registering eight assists (from 82 chances created) in the Premier League and he would significantly enhance Spurs’ options in midfield if he were to join the club.