Manchester United are believed to be mulling over a potential move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, according to the Mirror. With only a year left on his contract, the the Merseyside-born player has also been strongly linked with Tottenham, but United may look to swoop in with a late bid.
What would he bring to Old Trafford?
Creativity and drive, which have become two key parts of the 23-year-old’s game. He can pick out a pass and create something from nothing, and with a fine shot from distance, he can also score some himself.
Despite the positives, Barkley has long been criticised for the huge inconsistencies in his game. Regularly producing one superb performance followed by a prolonged period of anonymity will not suit a squad player, as he could well be, at United.
Is there room for him in the United squad?
It is hard to see where exactly Barkley would fit in, especially considering Paul Pogba already dominates the attacking midfield role at Old Trafford. The Englishman may provide cover and a rotation option in his place, but such an addition would be an expensive luxury to have, even for Jose Mourinho.
However, he would provide something crucial in that he would qualify as a homegrown player. The Red Devils aren’t particularly short of those currently, but with doubts over the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw, that will massively increase the attraction in making a move for Barkley.
Would he be worth it?
At the current asking price of £50 million and with his wage demands at £150,000 per week, according to the Mirror, there is not a chance that Barkley would be good value for money.
He is entering into the final year of his contract though and the Toffees may be forced to consider reducing that valuation, in order to cash in on him before he has the opportunity to move on for free next summer. United may prefer to wait until then, but if the price is right could make a move late in the window.