The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that a few players will come to North London over the next few weeks. Mauricio Pochettino is, for the first time, suffering a bit of backlash amongst Spurs fans – especially following their 1-1 draw with West Ham on Thursday night. With fans questioning, amongst other things, his team selection, Pochettino clearly has some work to do to get his side back to his best.
A few signings, then, could be just what he needs. However, one player that won’t be joining the club, it seems, is Ross Barkley.
According to Darren Lewis of the Mirror, owing to a recent update posted by him on Twitter, Tottenham won’t be moving for the Englishman in January – having pulled out of a move to sign him. Instead, Tottenham rivals Chelsea now look set to land him this month, with Antonio Conte looking to make a splash in the January market.
Tottenham pull out of the race for Ross Barkley. End of their interest means a free run for Chelsea who should complete deal within days. More @MirrorFootball
— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) January 5, 2018
Tottenham’s previous interest in Barkley has been well documented, with both the Lilywhites and the Blues linked with a move for him over the summer.
Barkley’s contract at Everton expires at the end of the season, and so it’s fair to assume that Barkley will be sold for below his market valuation, which Transfer Markt place at the £22.5 million mark. Tottenham, though, clearly still aren’t keen to secure the deal, even at a lower price, much to the surprise of our resident Lilywhites.
It’s debatable as to whether Barkley would really upgrade the Tottenham first team.
He shares a lot of parallels with Dele Alli, and it’s fair to say that Alli is further along in his development. Barkley would have been a decent option for depth, but he’d be unlikely to start.
As a result, you can probably give Tottenham a pass for deciding against this one, especially given his contract status, with a transfer now likely to happen before he is available on a free in the summer.
Still, Tottenham will need to bring in a few new faces this month if they are to stand any chance of catching the likes of Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea this season. Fortunately, they’ve still got a few weeks to do just that, with the window open until the end of January.
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