Tottenham have dropped their interest in signing Everton midfielder Ross Barkley on deadline day, Sky Sports reporter Jamie Weir claimed on Sky Sports’ deadline day coverage:
“There has been some rumours around that Ross Barkley to Tottenham could be done before the window closes. However, the club have told me that is not true. Spurs are still keen on Barkley, but it would be perhaps in the next window. January could see interest renewed in Barkley, with Chelsea also keen.”
Such a decision from Spurs bosses is a sensible one to say the least. The main reason for that is that he is currently sidelined by a hamstring injury which is expected to keep him out until November. With Barkley unable to even begin training for that long and unlikely to even be match fit until Christmas, Spurs would not get any return on their investment until January anyway.
Earlier in the summer, the Mirror reported that Ross Barkley was demanding to be made Tottenham’s best paid player on £150,000 per week. Even if Spurs had negotiated those wages down, it would have meant a substantial expense to the club whilst he recovered from his injury.
What’s more, Tottenham may feel that they can get a better deal for him in January. In the final year of his contract, Everton will be forced to sell at some point or risk him leaving on a free next summer. January will be their last opportunity to do so, and Spurs may look to capitalise on that uncertainty.
It’s looking highly likely that Tottenham will dip into the transfer market in order to find a replacement. The Telegraph believe that may be Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes. Even if they did not, Spurs have plenty of options including young midfielder Harry Winks, and if they do sign a player like Gomes, they will be confident that they are not missing out by not signing Barkley.
It may be a gamble if Tottenham are determined to sign Barkley at some point as it leaves the door open for Chelsea, but it would be an expensive choice to sign him on deadline day to avoid that risk.