Tottenham step up chase for top target after club agrees to negotiate asking price

Tottenham have stepped up their pursuit of Everton star, Ross Barkley after the Toffees agree to compromise on their £50 million asking price.

Everton thought they could cajole Barkley into signing a new contract at Goodison Park, but the England international remained adamant that he wants to sign for a club playing in the Champions League. This pushed the Toffees into placing a huge value on him.

However, there has been a shortage of takers who are willing to pay that amount for a player they can land for free next season. This situation has led Everton to agree to a compromise with Tottenham who remains his main suitors.

Barkley has not travelled with the rest of Everton squad for preseason after sustaining an injury, but the midfielder hopes the two clubs can agree on a fee so that he can join Tottenham for pre-season.

Tottenham is hoping to sign him for under £30 million as they look to add a new right back to their team also following Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City.

FC Porto’s Ricardo Pereira is Mauricio Pochettino’s first choice, but a deal is proving very difficult to conclude.

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