It is fair to say the Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are not best pleased by recent reports that Ross Barkley looks set to join Chelsea this month.
After Barkley pulled out of a potential move to Chelsea at the 11th-hour last summer, it appeared as if the Evertonian had his heart set on a move to London-rivals Tottenham Hotspur. However, that notion seems to have been disproved this morning, as Barkley is partaking in a medical today ahead of a move to Chelsea, according to reports in The Sun.
The report claims that Barkley is set to move to West London in a deal worth £15 million after Tottenham withdrew their interest because of concerns over his wage demands.
And judging by the reaction on Twitter, the Tottenham fans are desperately disappointed to have missed out on his signature to their fierce London-rivals.
Barkley is yet to play a single minute of competitive football this season due to a severe hamstring injury he picked up in the summer, but the potential he has shown during previous seasons does suggest he could become a fantastic player in the English top-flight.
Daniel Levy’s strict wage structure has regularly been a topic for discussion amongst supporters clad in Tottenham white, and the latest story concerning Barkley’s future has encouraged plenty of his critics to come out of the woodwork and have their say.
Here’s what the Lilywhites had to say about the breaking news on Twitter…
Shocked we haven't gone in for Barkley, especially after we wanted him in the summer, and he did a u turn at Chelsea! surely Levy can be that penny pinching to just allow him to go there, unless Barkley now wants to go to Chelsea that is…
— Kevin Gower © (@KGower83) January 5, 2018
And if Barkley completes his move to Chelsea today then Levy has one again failed Pochettino. Clear since the summer Poch really wanted him. Eriksen needs comptition badly. Awful again yesterday #THFC
— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) January 5, 2018
If the rumours of Barkley pricing himself out of a move to us are true, then he’s a fool. If it’s Levy not wanting to pay £15m, then he’s a bigger fool. He’s perfect for us and vice versa. #thfc
— Billy Webb (@BillyRWebb) January 5, 2018
Barkley for £15m is an absolute steal. Surely Poch and Levy will throw in a cheeky £17.5m offer today now that the Premier League has packed up for a week or two… #COYS
— AJD (@andyjd23) January 5, 2018
@SpursOfficial paid £13m for 32 years old Llorente and why arenot they willing to pay £15m for 24 years Barkley who has great potential?
— Bibash Thapaliya (@thapaliyabibas1) January 5, 2018
Spurs fail to back their manager again. Are you surprised?
— George (@GEORGIE_35) January 5, 2018
Barkley wage demands are no shock, that’s half the point of letting your contract expire
Levy – the king of contract renewals must have known this since day 1, he was never paying
— glory glory (@gloryglorytott) January 5, 2018
If Levy has backed out the Barkley interest being to close to the end of contract you can forget about Mahrez he won’t pay
— Delon Pillay (@delon_pillay) January 5, 2018