While the rest of the world speculates on the futures of the likes of Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas and Luis Suarez, there’s another slightly less high-profile transfer that looks ready to be completed.
The ever-controversial Joey Barton looks as though he could well be on his way to Everton in time for the upcoming Premier League season.
According to The Daily Mail, Barton’s agent has informed Martinez of his desire to join their ranks.
Of course, the Toffees were Barton’s boyhood club and so it seems only a matter of time before the 30-year-old puts pen to paper.
He’ll hope to make a glorious return to England’s top-tier by donning the blue of Everton come August as he currently faces an arduous season in the Championship as it stands.
New Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keen to build a decent, comprehensive squad ahead of the 2013-2014 season, and having already successfully fended off the advances of Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, he’ll hope to land the signing of Barton as well.
Martinez did ever so well to steer Wigan to an astonishing FA Cup triumph against the then champions, Manchester City, last season, and with an even more polished and well-drilled squad now at his disposal, it will be very intriguing to see what heights he can bring this Everton side to.
Clearly, the midfield general that is Barton would be a great addition to any squad, provided his more reportedly volatile traits could be constrained.
In truth, the former Olympique Lyonnais man hasn’t moved to quell any rumours about moving from his current club, Queens Park Rangers:
Once a blue…
— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 31, 2013
However, it’s difficult to envisage him staying in the Championship.
All that remains to be seen now is whether or not Martinez and company are willing to take the risk.
Having only recently taken the reigns, it’s likely that his fans may not want to see Martinez bringing on board such a risky signing – no matter how good his football talents are.
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