The Daily Star are today claiming that Everton will not settle for anything less than £50m for Chelsea and Manchester City target Ross Barkley, whose impressive run of form last season saw him establish himself as one of the brightest young prospects in the country.
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However, the 21-year-old has somewhat struggles this season. He has, like much of the Everton squad, failed to live up to expectations after last term’s repeatedly impressive performances, and £50m now seems like an extortionate amount, even for a player of Barkley’s potential.
In the list below we’ve ranked Barkley, along with six other Premier League players, who have been liked with transfers in recent months. The rumoured deals all involve the buying team paying well over the odds! Take a look:
7) Chris Smalling (Manchester United, valued at £12m)
Reports in the Independent claim that Arsenal are interested in the England international, but that Manchester United want more than the £12m on offer. This seems extraordinary for a player that has struggled to hold down a spot for club or country in recent years.