Emirates Stadium boss keen on Goodison Park youngster.
Arsenal are the latest club to express interest in up and coming Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will reportedly test the water with an offer for the youngster in January.
The 17 year old local born Everton battler has impressed many with his mature performances and David Moyes will face a fight to keep prospective suitors from nabbing such a talented youngster. Arsenal are well aware that the current contract Barkley is under is restricted by regulations related to players under 18 and the race is on for the Merseyside club to make an offer that prevents interest from other sides tempting the teenage sensation.
By all accounts Everton are ready to offer Barkley a substantial pay rise when he turns 18 in December but by then a number of other sides may well be ready to pounce.
Though a number of others clubs said to be keen on Barkley may be performing better this term, Chelsea and Man United are reportedly two such sides, the fact that Wenger has a reputation for trusting to youth and has no qualms about offering teenagers regular first team football may help in their pursuit of the Toffees starlet.
Already capped at England Under 21 level and labelled by former Arsenal and Everton defender Martin Keown as a player who will “Become one of the best players we’ll ever see in this country” the fear is that Moyes will lose Barkley in much the same way he lost Wayne Rooney to Manchester United.
Clearly the financial hardships that the Merseyside club find themselves in, Everton being the only Premier League who didn’t spend any money on summer additions, may lead to a good offer for Ross Barkley being accepted and Arsene Wenger will hope that he can land a player of such obvious potential.
Wenger is well versed in the art of acquiring youthful players and honing them into household names, his current squad includes a number of internationals who were plucked from across the world to sit alongside those talents coming directly from the Arsenal academy sides.
The likes of Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson all came in from English sides and the Emirates Stadium boss hopes to add Barkley to his growing list of future stars.