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Six way chase to sign cut-price Barkley

Up to six Premier League clubs are interested in signing Ross Barkley this summer after Ronald Koeman confirmed that he is 100% certain the midfielder is leaving.

Tottenham have been most strongly linked with the England international, but have been unwilling to pay Everton’s £50m asking price, with it being reported that they value the player closer to the £15m mark.

Barkley has just one year remaining in his current deal at Goodison Park, and has rejected all previous offers to stay at his boyhood club. Koeman’ admission that the player is definitely leaving the club earlier this week has drawn out interest from around the Premier League.

According to the Star in Sunday, there are now six clubs who are keeping an eye on the 23-year-old’s situation. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all previously been linked, with now West Ham and Manchester City now also in the mix. It is thought that a deal could now be reached for between £25m-£30m, with Everton looking to sign £50m rated Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea.

The article claims that City’s interest in the player is not only down to his talent, but as an opportunity to improve their quota of home-grown players at the club. Premier League clubs are required to have at least eight ‘home grown’ players within their squads, and with Joe Hart having already left, and Fabian Delph also heading out of the exit door, City know they need more.

Spurs is still the most likely destination for Barkley, who is believed to be keen on working with Mauricio Pochettino, a manager known for his development if young players.

What is Barkley’s value? Would you want him at your team? Is Sigurdsson better than Barkley? Let us know who you support and your thoughts on this potential transfer.

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