In Focus: Barkley could prove ambition more important than money

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is willing to take a wage cut in order to join Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Sun.

What’s the word?

The England international has been linked to the North London club for some time, but as yet, a deal has not materialised.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman told the media numerous times that Barkley would be sold this summer after he rejected a new deal at Goodison Park.

However, after weeks of no movement, the Dutchman revealed that the club may keep the 23-year-old, as no offers have been tabled, according to BBC Sport.

It has been reported that the Toffees want a fee in the region of £50m, despite the fact that he has just one year remaining on his current deal.

Now, talkSPORT has reported claims from the Sun that Barkley is prepared to take a pay cut in order to join the North London outfit.

It is believed that the midfielder turned down a new contract worth £100,000 a week at Everton.

What would this mean?

If Barkley were to take a drop in salary, then it would make an important statement, mainly because the wage structure at Tottenham has made headlines in recent days.

Danny Rose suggested in an interview with the Sun that he was not earning what he believes he is worth.

The left-back, who is said to be on £70,000 a week, also hinted that some of his teammates are not on the wages that they deserve.

If Barkley is willing to earn a lower figure than what he was offered at Everton, then it proves that he is leaving Goodison for footballing reasons rather than money.

In a world of £100m+ transfer fees, it is refreshing to see a player wanting to move to fulfil an ambition.