According to The Independent, Everton are likely to compromise with Tottenham Hotspur in their pursuit of Ross Barkley over the coming weeks.
Barkley, 23, has come up through the ranks with the Toffees having joined the club at the age of just 11 back in 2005, and he has been a regular first-team star over the last four years.
Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates scoring
The playmaker has now hit 27 goals in 179 games for Everton, and he enjoyed a decent campaign last term with five goals and eight assists to his name.
However, Barkley's future has been shrouded in doubt for months now, given that his contract expires next summer, meaning he could walk away from Everton for nothing unless he either signs a new contract or is sold this summer.
Right now, the latter seems more likely as The Independent report that Tottenham Hotspur are pushing to sign Barkley – and whilst there is a gap in the valuations from the two clubs, it's claimed Everton are likely to compromise in the coming weeks.
Tottenham aren't keen to pay Everton's £50million asking price given that he can be signed for nothing in a year, and they will hope to drive that price down as Everton don't want to the situation to drag on.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman (L) and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Everton allegedly want to sell this summer rather than have Barkley stay at Goodison Park beyond the summer transfer deadline, and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy may now feel that he is in a strong position to sign Barkley at a more reasonable price than £50million.
Mauricio Pochettino is understood to be a huge fan of Barkley, and whilst it's unclear just where he would fit into the Tottenham midfield, he could join a strong base of English talent alongside Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
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