Tottenham’s need for at least one more attacking midfield option was all too clear at Wembley as they suffered a frustrating 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
The Lilywhites had a host of opportunities but only converted when Michy Batshuayi headed the ball into his own net.
Ross Barkley has been linked with a move to north London for over a year, though his future is now even more uncertain because of a hamstring injury which has ruled him out for three months.
Nevertheless, Spurs still intend to bid for him this summer, with the Telegraph reporting they are lining up a £20million offer.
Considering Everton paid £45m for Gylfi Sigurdsson, they will no doubt be disappointed that one of their prize assets is attracting such a low fee – but with just a year left on his contract and with Ronald Koeman having confirmed he won’t be signing a new one, it’s no wonder Daniel Levy is taking full advantage of the situation.
The risk, as far as Spurs are concerned, is that they are not the only club interested in Barkley. Chelsea are also keen, per the same source, and if the Toffees are to offload the England international to the highest bidder, then the Blues could easily blow their London rivals out of the water.