4 Clubs Ross Barkley Could Join Should the England International Leave Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley's contract at the club expires next season and there is uncertainty over whether he will sign a new deal. The 23-year-old has spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League and win trophies, which has led to speculation linking the player to a host of Premier League clubs. Barkley has netted four goals and seven assists in 27 league outings for the Blues in 2016/17, which has led to a recall to the England squad for upcoming games against Germany and...

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have been heavily linked with Barkley in the past but they've had doubts over certain aspects of his game.


However, it's now believed Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has seen improvements in his game this season under Everton boss Ronald Koeman. 


Pochettino is known for developing youngsters at Tottenham, with the likes of Eric Dier and Dele Alli thriving at White Hart Lane since the Argentinian's arrival. 


The only question mark over a move to London would be Barkley's role in the Spurs side, as he plays in a similar position to first-team regulars Christian Eriksen and Alli. 

Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly identified Barkley as a summer transfer target, despite the Frenchman's future at the club unclear. 


Wenger is said to be impressed with Barkley's ability to play in both centre-midfield and the number 10 role, especially as Mesut Ozil is yet to agree a new contract with Arsenal. 


The Everton player would suit the Gunners' style of play, with his passing ability and creativeness well-aligned to what Wenger looks for in a player. 


Barkley may only be interested in a move to Arsenal if they qualify for the Champions League, which isn't looking likely as they currently sit outside the top four in the league. 

Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is set to overhaul the club's squad in the summer with a focus on increasing the number of English players at his disposal. 


Barkley would meet this criteria and he may be spurred on to join City after seeing fellow Englishmen Raheem Sterling flourish under the Spaniard in 2016/17. 


The youngster's development could also be aided by Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, who have showcased their ability to play in a deeper role this season. 


City paid big money to bring defender John Stones to the Etihad stadium from Everton last summer and Barkley may follow suit at the end of the season. 

Manchester United

The resurgence of Manchester United under Jose Mourinho this season may attract Barkley to Old Trafford.


The club have lifted the EFL Cup this campaign and they are favourites to lift the Europa league, which would see the Reds qualify for the Champions League for the first time in three seasons.


Barkley could have a first-team role under Mourinho in centre-midfield but he may struggle in a more advanced role, with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata currently first-choice. 


The England international would find it hard to turn down a move to United as the club look to compete for the Premier League title next term. 

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