The Everton player is said to be on Tottenham Hotspur's radar but he is allegedly asking for £140,000 a week.
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 international having a rethink in order to push through a deal?
It is being claimed Barkley is seeking £140,000 a week, which is always going to be a problem when you factor in Tottenham's current wage ceiling.
Spurs have worked wonders convincing a number of England's top stars to sign long-term contracts for considerably less than they could get elsewhere, and while that is testament to Tottenham as a club and the work done by manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy, it makes it tough to attract some players to the club.
Barkley is one such example, yet in this case it should be the player rather than the team that makes the big decision.
After all, at 23 the Everton player's best years are ahead of him but only if he makes the right decision regarding his next club.
Tottenham are the go-to team when it comes to exciting young talent and Barkley could excel under Pochettino if he made the move.
Footballers are richly rewarded these days and even if Barkley accepts the most Tottenham are willing to offer it would still be a huge sum.
At the same time it would enable him to finally fulfil the potential that has stagnated somewhat in recent years. So if Tottenham really are waiting in the wings but are reluctant to pay what the player wants, it would be refreshing - and smart - to see Barkley make the right move for the good of his career rather than his bank balance.