Oh, Ross Barkley. On the heels of reports saying that Spurs and Everton are back in negotiations for everyone’s favorite underachieving £50m rated English attacking midfielder, there’s this new report in the Mirror, which states that should a transfer to Tottenham go through he’s asking for wages of £150k/week. That’s well above what Spurs pay their two highest earners, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris.
Now, I’ve never met Daniel Levy personally, but I’m pretty sure that if there’s one thing that will turn him off to a potential transfer, it’s someone who is essentially a 23-year old reclamation project demanding a significant raise over what their best player is making right now.
According to this Daily Star slideshow from March (yes, yes, I know, I’m sorry) Barkley is currently on about £48k/week at Everton. It would not be remiss for him to get a pretty decent pay bump upon moving to a Champions League club like Spurs. In fact, it’s a very reasonable request. But if the Mirror’s correct, Barkley (or more likely, his agent) is basically saying to Levy “What’s Kane making? OK, add that to what Barkley’s on now” and that just about the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.
Let’s not forget, this is Tottenham. Part of the whole reason Kyle Walker left and Eric Dier keeps getting linked away is because big clubs can offer them two to three times their weekly wages in North London. Coming in and demanding that they smash the club’s pay scale for a guy who, let’s face it, hasn’t been that good takes a lot of chutzpah.
Granted, this is the Mirror, so we shouldn’t probably take this entirely at face value, but holy crap. I’m quite certain that should a deal for Barkley go through his wages will be good... but definitely not THAT good. If that’s the real demand, enjoy the awkwardness at Goodison Park, Ross.