Wayne Rooney urges midfielder Ross Barkley to stay at Everton

The Everton midfielder, who could leave Goodison Park after failing to sign a contract extension, was again the notable absentee when Ronald Koeman’s 25-man squad flew to Enschede on Monday.

£50 million is an astronomical fee for any player of Barkley’s quality, especially given that there is only one year left on his current deal.

According to ESPN, Tottenham Hotspur have been put off making a move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley this summer because his wage demands are too high, so what chance the England worldwide having a rethink in order to push through a deal?

Everton are unlikely to come down on their asking price despite the fact Barkley is keen on a move to London.

‘Obviously, I know the manager from my time at Southampton, so I know what he wants and he knows what I can do’.

Spurs still probably plan to sign him.

Speaking about Barkley’s future at Everton this week, Ronald Koeman said: “At the moment it is not a clear situation. He is a player who will strengthen our squad and be able to play in different positions when that’s needed, too”.

Barkley seems like the kind of character that requires an arm around the shoulder to play well and Pochettino, while tough and ruthless when he wants to be, would be the ideal manager to extract his talent through shrewd man management skills.

Behind-the-scenes developments are taking place with Tottenham and Everton regarding Toffees’ outcast Ross Barkley, who could be donning a Spurs shirt within days.

Spurs are not going to pay £50m for Barkley.

Barkley playing for Spurs is not only advantageous for the Lilywhites, but also for the Three Lions, the composition of which is already primarily made up of Tottenham’s first team.