PL giants monitoring situation of £50m-valued Everton ace - report
By Harvey Byrne
Premier League giants Manchester United are monitoring the situation of Everton ace Ross Barkley, according to a report.
The Mirror have claimed on their website that the famous Old Trafford club are looking at a late-window move for the Toffees 23-year-old, who is being valued at £50million.
It is said that manager Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the England international, but that he has more “urgent priorities” as he looks to build a squad ready to push for the Premier League title alongside remaining competitive in the Champions League.
Additionally, Everton’s asking price alongside Barkley’s demands are also said to have discourage interest from rival clubs with both Tottenham and Chelsea reluctant to talk about such fees for a player with one-year remaining on his contract.
It is stated that if the Merseysiders asking price drops below £20million and Barkley himself is more realistic in his wage demands then it could persuade Mourinho to tell United chiefs to make a move.
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The attacking midfielder has made 179 appearances for Everton, scoring 27 goals and turning provider on 28 occasions after breaking through the youth team, but his contract situation could force the club into selling him this summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Given that Barkley’s contract is set to run out at Everton next summer then the club must concede that they have to lower the asking price that they are wanting for him. There is no doubting that Barkley is a player of considerable talent when in the correct mood and that he still has potential to get even better. However, £50million is just too much. The Toffees themselves have added the exciting Davy Klaassen and experienced Wayne Rooney to their team this summer and with continuous links to Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson it is hard to find a place for Barkley in next season’s eleven.
In other Everton transfer news, several clubs have made an approach for this Toffees midfielder.