By Aramide Oladipo
Everton have emphatically rejected a £25million bid from Premier League rivals Chelsea for midfielder Ross Barkley, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the Premier League champions tabled a substantial offer for the 23-year-old with £20million presented upfront alongside a further £5million in add-ons, but it was quickly rebuffed by the Merseyside club.
The newspaper reports that the Toffees are looking to receive almost double the amount of money offered although they understand that they might need to lower their £50million asking price.
The report claims Everton are hopeful that fellow Premier League side Tottenham can make a rival bid for Barkley in order to increase his price tag but Spurs have recently cooled their interest in him.
The attacking midfielder has yet to feature for Everton this season as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
The England international demonstrated that he could provide an attacking threat from midfielder during the previous campaign, scoring six goals and providing nine assists in all competitions.
Barkley currently has one year remaining on his contract at Goodison Park.
Football Insider verdict
Although it has been clear for some time now that Everton and Barkley are looking to part ways this summer, they were never going to accept a £25million offer for the midfielder. However, the Toffees need to find a quick solution to this situation as the uncertainty over the player’s future could potentially cause a problem as the season drags on. Although playing for the Premier League champions would be great for the midfielder, Barkley might not enjoy many minutes on the pitch this season due to the amount of talented midfield players at Stamford Bridge. If Barkley wants to put himself in contention for a place in the England squad for next year’s World Cup, he will need to play on a regular basis and Tottenham would be his best destination.
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