Arsenal should rival Tottenham for Ross Barkley

Everton's Ross Barkley misses a penalty

Would the Everton man pick Arsenal over Tottenham Hotspur if he had the choice?

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked to a host of players in the summer transfer window, but Mauricio Pochettino is yet to sign anyone.

The Sun reported earlier this week that Tottenham were very interested in Ross Barkley, but chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to pay Everton's £50 million asking price.

Such indecision could very well lead to Spurs missing out on the 23-year-old - and Arsenal should try to beat them to the signing.

Ross Barkley celebrates scoring the third goal for Everton

The Lilywhites could do with an extra creative outlet, but so too could Arsene Wenger.

Santi Cazorla is unlikely to play a big role in Arsenal's 2017-18 campaign and there is a gaping hole in the Gunners' midfield which could be filled by the Everton star.

Would he pick the red half of North London instead of Pochettino's side? Well, Tottenham can offer him Champions League football, something he has never experienced, but he'll do well to ignore the moves that Wenger has been making at the Emirates this summer.

The French manager has already spent £52 million on striker Alexandre Lacazette, and there is a deal in place, according to The Sun, to sign Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

If Wenger can keep Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at the club, Barkley - who would also earn more money at Arsenal - would be joining a very exciting project and that might compensate for a lack of CHampions League football next season.

Tottenham one-upped their local rivals by finishing above them for the first time in 22 years last season, but Wenger and co can square things somewhat by nicking one of Levy's targets.

Everton's Ross BarkleyEverton's Ross Barkley

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