There was a lengthy report in the Mail yesterday about various transfer news, and it mentioned in one single paragraph that Newcastle is now interested in signing Everton’s Ross Barkley.
So we join some big clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and AC Milan in wanting the 23-year-old 22 times capped England International – who will leave Everton this summer for pastures anew.
Barkley has refused to sign a new deal at the Toffees and Ronald Koeman, his manager, has told Ross he will be sold this summer.
Everton is not willing to allow Ross to finish out the last year of his contract and become a free agent next summer.
Ross Barkley – 23-year-old England International
But even then because Ross came through the Everton Youth Academy Everton there would be compensation due when he moved to another club.
The excitement yesterday was that chances of Barkley signing for Newcastle United this summer were slashed by Betfair from 50/1 to 6/1 with William Hill having the odds at 4/1 that Newcastle would be his next club.
In both cases, Spurs were the favorites to sign Ross.
But the only possible way we could sign Barkley is on loan for the season with an option or obligation to buy next summer when we should have a lot more money in the coffers.
That’s not what Everton will want after they have spent millions and millions on new players this summer and will want the Barkley deal to be a straight transfer for close to the £50M they are asking for the England International.
Ross joined Everton back in 2005 as an 11-year-old, and since then he has played 179 times for the Blues with 27 goals and 28 assists.
He has played for all the England youth sides from U16 through U21 and at one time a few years ago was thought to be the next star player for England.
There’s not much chance of Newcastle signing Ross, and the only hope is that he wants to be coached by Rafa Benitez and join the Rafa revolution on Tyneside.
Rafa could certainly get the best out of him if he did join Newcastle this summer.
That’s the only hope we have, and the chances we can sign him must be minimal.
That’s the reality.