According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton's asking price for contract rebel Ross Barkley will likely drop to around £15million to £20million during the January transfer window.
The midfielder has been heavily criticised in recent year though, with many accusing him of not making the most of his talent, and failing to fulfil his potential for Everton, which has resulted in him losing his place in the England squad.
Whilst he hit five goals and eight assists in the Premier League last season, Barkley and Everton appear to have been planning for their divorce for some time now, given that the midfielder wouldn't sign a new contract earlier this year - and yet still, he remains at Goodison Park.
Barkley was expected to leave this past summer, but deadline day passed without him moving on, as he wants to rehabilitate from his hamstring injury and get himself fit for a move in January, though that leaves Everton losing out on money.
The Liverpool Echo report that whilst Chelsea and Tottenham will remain interested in signing Barkley in January, Everton won't be able to charge £35million for his signature anymore, and it's claimed that their asking price could drop to around £15million to £20million.
Given that Barkley can leave for free at the end of the season, Everton are now in a position where they will simply want to claim anything they can for the midfielder, and will suit Chelsea and Spurs perfectly.
Tottenham and chairman Daniel Levy may particularly smell a bargain, and with Barkley unlikely to play until January anyway due to his injury, £15million may be the most that teams are willing to bid, fully aware that he will be available for nothing just months down the line - meaning Everton stand to lose big money on their homegrown prospect.