Now that Everton are finally enjoying the lucrative funds they have under Farhad Moshiri, it’s fair to say the Toffees in the Tavern are in good spirits.
With the likes of Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen signed already, some of our Merseyside locals are already dreaming up potential XIs for next term under Ronald Koeman, though it may not include Ross Barkley.
Indeed, the academy graduate endured a rather mixed campaign at Goodison Park last term and has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Furthermore, Everton’s strong links with a move for Swansea City schemer Gylfi Sigurdsson suggest the 23-year-old may not figure all that much in Koeman’s plans.
So, a story from Bleacher Report’s Inside Football column has sparked interest amongst our Everton-supporting locals. They claim there is a feeling that Barkley could be available for around £30m, a relatively cheap price for a young English player of considerable ability.
Despite his popularity amongst the Toffees in the bar over the years, many of them have grown frustrated at his inability to seemingly realise his hefty potential, so the idea of selling him to fund the arrival of yet more players has gone down very well indeed.