Newcastle United winning promotion is not quite a foregone conclusion but it seems inevitable if Rafa Benitez’s side keep their focus.
The Toon are top of the Championship and nine points ahead of dropping out of the two two automatic promotion spots.
Sights are inevitably focused on the January transfer window and strengthening so they can maintain their advantage, but Newcastle would be wise to save their cash for a more meaningful splash in the transfer market next summer.
At just 23, Barkley has demonstrated real potential so far, earning England call-ups, and scoring more than 20 top flight goals, but a move away from Goodison Park could benefit him.
He has struggled a little under manager Ronald Koeman, with the weight of expectation on the hometown hero perhaps weighing on him.
Barkley is available for £30 million, The Express report, and this is a fee Newcastle could afford, given the huge fees they received for Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko last summer, combined with the increased television revenue they would accumulate from a Premier League return.
A change of scenery would benefit Barkley, and Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez could be just the man to help him flourish and realise his potential, as he did with Steven Gerrard at Liverpool.
A move for Barkley would be a marquee deal for Newcastle and really announce their return and determination to make an impact on the top flight upon their return.
With Barkley’s current form not likely to tempt a current top five or six club in the Premier League, Newcastle could have a surprisingly clear run at signing the attacker.