Tottenham given encouragement in bid to sign PL ace they would take in a flash - report
By Matt Farr
Tottenham have been give encouragement that Everton are facing a losing battle to keep Ross Barkley this summer, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the Merseysiders are still nowhere near reaching an agreement with the England international over a fresh deal, leading to fears he will follow Romelu Lukaku out of Goodison Park.
Barkley is heading into the final year of his current deal, and could be sold for £35million, with Premier League rivals Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal circling.
The Mirror report that Spurs “would take him in a flash” as the race for the 23-year-old’s signature hots up.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman is prepared to go on a summer spending spree to replace two of the club’s most prized assets, and expects the board to cough up the cash.
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The sale of Lukaku, however reluctant Koeman may be, appears inevitable this summer after the 23-year-old declined a new deal, but his sale could raise funds in excess of £65million.
But if Everton were to part with the senior duo this summer, Koeman expects owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright to part with the full £100million to allow him to seek replacements.
Koeman is targeting Champions League football with Everton, but despite the prospect of losing two important assets, the money raised from the sale could allow him to seek the players needed to significantly improve the squad.
The Dutchman has already shown a willingness to spend money in the transfer market, having splashed out a combined £35million to bring Morgan Schneiderlin (£24million) and Ademola Lookman (£11million) to the club in January.
He had earlier spent £25million to acquire Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace at the start of the season.
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