I reckon Barkley is as good as done. Every time I've seen him I think he oozes natural ability but just needs refining with great coaching, so chuffed if JJ is indeed alluding to done/nearly done deal.
Just checked the ITK from the last couple of days. Interesting that we're rumoured for a Juve player, not heard anything about that from Juve's point of view. Whenever there's Juve ITK buzzing about my uncle always lets me know, particularly if it involves Spurs.
To be honest, I can't think of who Poch would go for. It's definitely not Cuadrado, he's likely to stay in Italy, probably to Lazio. I think there could've been a chance that we enquired about Dani Alves as a Walker replacement, considering his Man City deal has fallen through, but he'd never want to join us. Apparently off to PSG now according to the press.
Can't think of many other players that would fit the bill. Lemina springs to mind, as he's definitely a Poch type of player, but he's not anything special. Would struggle to break into the starting XI, as he does with Juve, but is a good squad player. Not exactly one that would make the ITK "beyond amazed if we secure his signature". I don't think Juve are considering selling anyone else in the squad, unless it's for crazy money, and we're certainly not that type of club. Alves and Cuadrado are the only high profile players that look likely to be off. Possibly Alex Sandro, but that one keeps going back and forth.
I'd hate to derail this thread, but given that Barkley is one of the only players ITK have been clear about, it's interesting he's been left out of Everton's squad traveling to Tanzania due to injury. He was pictured in training yesterday and Bolasie (who's actually injured) has traveled.
To chime in with a bit more, there were photos with him on twitter and the official page next to Barry. Those have since been edited and/or removed. There's only one remaining photo of Barkley in any of the preseason training media...