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Tottenham facing tough test to land key summer target, Chelsea reportedly in the race

The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are very concerned at their side’s lack of transfer activity this summer…

The Lilywhites are now the only side in the Premier League yet to spend any money this summer, and given that their title rivals have all upgraded, this puts Mauricio Pochettino’s side in a precarious position.

The one saving grace for Tottenham was that a deal for Ross Barkley had been looking likely. Spurs looked like they were leading the race for the Englishman earlier this summer, but if the Liverpool Echo is to be believed, that may not be the case anymore.

According to the Liverpool Echo, whilst Tottenham retain an interest in Barkley, their hesitancy to pay the money that Everton are demanding could see them slip behind Chelsea – who have now reportedly emerged as genuine contenders for his signature. There is no suggestion that Chelsea are close to a move, but it is clear the Antonio Conte is a fan of Barkley, and it appears as though the Blues could act upon their interest.

This would, of course, come as a huge blow to Tottenham, who at present look as though they are biding their time in their interest. Everton are standing firm, and the Lilywhites are likely hoping that they will reduce their demands as the end of the summer edges closer, but Chelsea may be willing to spend big on the Englishman.

Landlord’s Verdict

It’s clear why Chelsea are keen on Barkley. He is one of England’s best young talents, whilst the Blues’ decision to sell Nathaniel Chalobah and loan out Ruben Loftus-Cheek has left them short on homegrown players.

However, financially, a £50 million move for Barkley makes little sense given his poor form, and Tottenham clearly recognise that. Whilst Chelsea have yet to move for that price, they appear very keen, and the financial backing of Roman Abramovich could allow them to spend big money on the midfielder.

Still, Tottenham remain in the race, but they must be wary of the Blues.

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