Tottenham are leaving themselves very little time to land their transfer targets.
There are less than two weeks to go until the season opener away to Newcastle and Spurs are yet to sign a single player.
And as reported in the Daily Mail, they are growing increasingly worried that Ross Barkley’s wage demands are going to prove too big an obstacle in their pursuit of the Everton midfielder.
Mauricio Pochettino thinks he can get the best out of the England international if he brings him to north London.
However, Spurs are not willing to upend their entire wage structure for him. It’s claimed Barkley has already rejected a contract of over £100,000 a week to stay at Everton, so it remains to be seen what his representatives ask Daniel Levy for.
It has to be said Spurs are unique in how little they pay their players compared to other top clubs, with only captain Hugo Lloris and star striker Harry Kane the only players to reach the £100,000 a week mark. The major selling point for new targets is the exciting project taking place at the club rather than the money on offer.
For Barkley, the question is whether he is happy to take the cut in order to continue his development under Pochettino.