Whenever Ross Barkley’s name was mentioned over the past six months, Tottenham Hotspur were often named in the same breath.
The England international was heavily linked with a move to the North London outfit during the summer transfer window, but a deal never materialised.
It became ever-more likely that Barkley would leave his boyhood club has he opted against signing a new contract a Goodison Park.
The midfielder was due to come to the end of his deal in the summer, which meant that he would have been allowed to leave for nothing.
Instead, Everton struck a deal in the winter window, but it was not Tottenham who scooped the Englishman, it was Chelsea.
According to BBC Sport, the reigning Premier League champions paid just £15m for Barkley, who has not played a single minute of competitive action this season due to a hamstring injury.
The figure in particular has left some Tottenham fans feeling sick to the stomach, while others have questioned the club’s ability to compete at the top level.
Sky Sports reported that Spurs withdrew their interest in Barkley in order to focus on other targets.
— Stuart Cotton (@stuartcofficial) January 5, 2018
So a player we were genuinely interested in signing signs for a rival. I’m indifferent about Barkley but I would love to know why. Only thing I can think of is wages. He’ll be a bit part player for Chelsea. Good luck lad. Who we after then??? #thfc #COYS #THFC
— Bhav Buhecha (@bigBB79) January 5, 2018
— Christian Giske (@CGGiske) January 5, 2018
I can't work out why Poch ended his interest in Barkley after he's been after him for so long. When he was valued at £50mill he was still interested but now at £15mill he's not? #COYS
— SCOTT (@_SW2_) January 5, 2018
— ScottieG™ (@ScottieG_1) January 5, 2018
As soon as Barkley scores a belter for Chelsea or has a few good performances, my timeline is going to be full of tweets saying he would've been worth every penny of that £15m ….. I'll be agreeing with every one! #missedopportunity #COYS
— Dave W (@spudly77) January 5, 2018
Poch didn’t want Barkley?
We all suppose to believe that?! #COYS
— Thor Johnson (@ThorJohnson17) January 5, 2018
— Boy About Town (@MrSarcastic91) January 5, 2018
— Joe Ost (@Osty1988) January 5, 2018