Tottenham are reportedly pushing to secure the signing of Ross Barkley before they depart for their pre-season tour this week, but there's still a gap to be bridged.
Everton have been one of the busiest Premier League sides this summer.
News surrounding the 23-year-old is reaching fever-pitch on numerous British redtops, with some surmising a deal will have been reached before Poch and the lad's jet off across the pond.
However Tottenham are now unwilling to sanction a deal beyond £30m for the 23-year-old, who was regularly challenged by Ronald Koeman last season.
Barkley seems like the kind of character that requires an arm around the shoulder to play well and Pochettino, while tough and ruthless when he wants to be, would be the flawless manager to extract his talent through shrewd man management skills.
Tottenham would like to close the deal before this coming Wednesday, when they fly to the United States of America for their pre-season tour.
Mauricio Pochettino is a long-term admirer of Barkley and believes he can make the most of the England international's obvious talent.
The Toffees are also trying to push through a move for Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The main transfer business involving Spurs has seen Kyle Walker leave for title rivals Manchester City in a £50m deal while unwanted squad players Federico Fazio, Nabil Bentaleb and Clinton N'Jie have also been moved on.
Barkley is yet to sign a new deal at Goodison Park and has entered the previous year of his current contract, meaning he could leave for free next summer.
Barkley playing for Spurs is not only advantageous for the Lilywhites, but also for the Three Lions, the composition of which is already primarily made up of Tottenham's first team.