In Focus: Ross Barkley has a lot to prove at whichever club he lands at

As reported by The Daily Star, six clubs are now chasing the signature of Ross Barkley after Everton come to terms with lowering the asking price for the England international.

What’s the story?

Barkley seems destined to leave Everton this summer with less than a year left on his contract at Goodison Park and no sign of any new deal being signed with the club.

The Star say that’s now alerted six Premier League clubs about a potential deal for him. The clubs said to be interested in a transfer are Man City, Spurs, Man United, Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea, with the midfielder reported to be available for between £25m and £30m, a far cry from Everton’s original £50m valuation.

The paper say that Mauricio Pochettino’s side remains in pole position to get any deal over the line.

Has he done enough to justify the price tag?

The attacking midfielder scored five goals and provided a further nine assists in 36 Premier League appearances for the Toffees last season as they secured a spot in the UEFA Europa League, but he once again failed to show those influential and creative performances on a consistent basis.

Stepping up to a top four side will be difficult for him and he’ll have a lot to prove given the hype surrounding his talent for years now. However, at the right price he could prove to be a bargain in time with the right guidance and backing from a new manager.

Unsettled at the Toffees, a fresh start could be the making of him and wherever he ends up, he has a great chance of becoming the Premier League hero he’s been threatening to be for a while now.