We expected to hear something on the future of Everton and England ace Ross Barkley on Monday afternoon. And while there was no official announcement from the Merseyside outfit, the latest reports are suggesting the Toffees have given up on tying the youngster down.
But the odds aren’t supporting such claims. In fact, Everton are 4/5 to keep hold of this prized asset after the transfer window slams shut on 31 August.
But who else is in the running to sign him if he was to go?
Well, Manchester United could represent great value to land the 23-year-old’s signature this summer, with 6/1 on offer for Jose Mourinho to sign Barkley when the window opens.
The Everton man would be a fool not to consider a move to Old Trafford, especially given that the Red Devils secured Champions League football for next campaign with a Europa League success over Ajax last night.
It’s thought any potential suitor would have to part ways with something in the region of £50m to secure Barkley’s services. But given the funds expected to be available to the Portuguese boss this summer, that’ll seem like loose change.
However, United could face competition for Barkley from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Mauricio Pochettino will also likely strengthen his squad as he looks to compete both domestically and in Europe next campaign, and a player like Barkley could be exactly what he needs.
And a move to Spurs could actually prove pretty exciting for England as well, as the youngster would be teaming up with compatriots Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
That wouldn’t do England’s 2018 World Cup chances much harm…
Right now, the North London outfit are 5/4 favourites for his signature, although that could all change by the time the transfer window opens on 1 July.
What do fans think? Would Barkley be best suited for a move to United or Spurs, or should he stay on Merseyside?
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