By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are set to lodge a formal bid for Ross Barkley within days, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that Spurs believe they can fight off Chelsea to land the Everton playmaker in the final weeks of the summer transfer window.
It is said that manager Mauricio Pochettino “rates Barkley highly” and the north Londoners believe the Argentine is key to their hopes of landing the player.
The Telegraph report that a formal offer will be lodged by Spurs in the next week and that they have left the number eight shirt vacant for him.
The Evening Standard claim the Merseysiders have placed a £50million price tag on the head of Barkley but the Telegraph report that Tottenham value him at £25million.
Pochettino has continued to insist Tottenham would be active before the 31 August transfer deadline.
Football Insider verdict:
The signing of Barkley would go some way to appeasing supporters miffed at a complete absence of transfer activity 24 hours before the team’s league campaign gets underway. Danny Rose went public this week with his unhappiness at Spurs’ approach to the transfer market and their wage structure, but the left-back would not need to Google his fellow England international. Tottenham need to sign proven stars, as well as potential ones. While Barkley has plenty of rough edges that need smoothing, he would be able to hit the ground running and make a fairly immediate impact in Pochettino’s side. As the manager has made privately clear, he has the capability to be a world beater.
In other Tottenham transfer news, an attacking midfielder has pulled out of training at a Premier League club after Spurs tabled a player exchange offer.