Tottenham preparing a £20m bid for Chelsea target

Tottenham are reportedly preparing a £20m bid for Chelsea target Ross Barkley

However, reports say they will have to fend off rivals Chelsea in order to sign him.

Barkley is currently in the final year of his contract at Goodison Park, and has a valuation of £50m which the Toffee’s slap on earlier this summer was always going to be unrealistic and so they have had to drop their demands significantly.

The 23-year-old is right now sidelined with a hamstring injury and is expected to be out for three months, but that hasn’t stopped interested parties pushing on with their bids to sign him ahead of the transfer deadline at the end of the month.

According to The Telegraph report, talks between Tottenham and Everton are said to take place sometime this week over a deal for Barkley, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy having prepared to offer £20m up front, with an additional £8m in bonuses.

However, it’s also said that Chelsea are set to bid for the England international, while his potential arrival wouldn’t affect their pursuit of Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater as Antonio Conte eyes serious reinforcements in the next week and a half.

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