According to fresh reports from the Mirror, Tottenham are set to go all out to secure the signing of Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley before they leave for pre-season this week.
With Spurs set to join the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City in America, it is understood that boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen on having Barkley snapped up in time to play.
But they are nowhere near Everton’s £50m valuation of the 23-year-old yet, with chairman Daniel Levy unwilling to pay so high for a player that has stagnated his progress in England in recent years.
It is thought that Levy has estimated Barkley’s value closer to the region of £30 million – an offer deemed way too low by the Merseyside club – and negotiations could now stall.
In other news, BBC Sport report that Tottenham forward Clinton Njie is set to join up with French outfit Marseille next week after the two clubs agreed a deal for the 23-year-old.
The promising youngster spent last season on-loan at the Ligue 1 side and impressed enough for them to swoop in for a permanent switch, scoring four times in 19 appearances.
Njie had struggled to break into the first-team at White Hart Lane since arriving from Lyon in a £9 million switch two years ago, with Pochettino only awarding him a handful of cameo roles from the bench.
Following him out of north London is veteran defender Federico Fazio, with the 30-year-old Argentinian set to join up with Serie A outfit Roma ahead of the new campaign next month.
Since arriving from Sevilla he has failed to stake a regular claim for first-team football under Pochettino’s, falling down the pecking order behind both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
And after spending last season on-loan at Roma, making 48 appearances as they ran Juventus close in the title race, the Italian side have swooped in and secured a permanent deal for Fazio for £2.8 million.
A statement on Tottenham’s official website said: “Federico joined us in August 2014 from Sevilla and went on to make 32 appearances in a Spurs shirt before returning to spend half of the 2015-16 season on loan with the Spanish side. We wish Federico all the best for the future.”
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