The Everton midfielder would reportedly cost Spurs a minimum £35 million - despite his contract expiring in around 18 months time.
For a player struggling to fulfill his potential on Merseyside, that sort of money would certainly represent a risk for Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, whose summer signings - notably Everton target Moussa Sissoko - have been largely scrutinised.
However, if there's any manager likely to coax out the best of Barkley it's the Argentine, having groomed the likes of Adam Lallana, Danny Rose and Harry Kane - not to mention Eric Dier, a player who barely featured for Everton - into established England internationals.
Although, whether there's room for Barkley at White Hart Lane, or whether he would want to leave his boyhood club for Spurs, remains to be seen.
Would the Tottenham fans take him? Here's what's been said on Twitter:
Barkley yes please think he would do well under poch— Red Reddington (@Mark1208) 14 December 2016
Barkley to Spurs? Really? I thought we were over this. 6 years of 'England's next big thing' and now benched at a mediocre Everton. Risky.— Simon (@spursfansimon) 14 December 2016
Barkley > Alli— Ben Salvi (@bensalvi23) 14 December 2016
Reckon Barkley would be perfect for us, but can't see Everton selling to us for anything below 30m— - (@Conor_Spurs) 14 December 2016
Yes i want Barkley, but not for 35 millions. How aboun an exchange with Tom Carroll??)— e-Spurs Russia (@e_spurs_russia) 14 December 2016
@TottenhamNews I have wanted Spurs to go after Barkley for years,he would flourish at Spurs .— WRScott (@webbisaknob) 14 December 2016
Not overly convinced about Ross Barkley at Spurs— Luke (@Dierbolic) 14 December 2016
Tottenham Midfield:— GeeBee (@Gee0798) 14 December 2016
That would be lethal
Barkley isn't better than Eriksen. Both are inconsistent though— RJ (@rjcanfly) 14 December 2016
BREAKING: Ross Barkley to join NKoudou & Sissoko at Pochettino's School For Kids That Can Dribble Good And Want To Do Other Things Good Too— Berbatov Cocktail (@GaryRootbeer) 14 December 2016
Was thinking about how Barkley might suit Spurs' system. Represents an able alternative to Eriksen and gives us good options behind Kane. https://t.co/mxLddhBjVm— Ross Perkins (@RossMPerkins) 14 December 2016
Barkley is more inconsistent and worse than what we have perfect tottenham signing then— hotshot tottenham (@yidoo90) 14 December 2016
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