Chelsea set to announce £15m signing of English attacking midfielder

Jan 05, 2018, 11:54
Chelsea set to announce £15m signing of English attacking midfielder

Barkley turned down a move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day in August.

He is yet to feature for the Toffees this season due to injury but he has recently returned to training.

A medical examination appears to be the only obstacle standing between Everton star Ross Barkley and a move to Chelsea following a £15million deal, after Tottenham pulled their interest in the England midfielder.

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Tottenham have been monitoring Barkley's situation but Sky Sports suggest the North Londoners have chose to end their interest with Mauricio Pochettino now looking at alternative targets.

But Spurs were not willing to go close to what Barkley will be paid at Stamford Bridge and the deal should be announced this weekend, placating frustrated Blues boss Conte by adding depth to his squad ahead of an assault on the Champions League in 2018.

New manager Sam Allardyce said past year that if he returned to full fitness and remained committed, he could still have a future at the club.

Chelsea are closing in on a deal for Ross Barkley after Tottenham confirmed they would not get near his desired personal terms.

"I would expect there would be sometime in this window if there is going to be any interest from some of the big boys", he told Sky Sports when asked whether he was expecting bids for the player.

They would also argue that with Barkley out of the side this season, his absence has not hampered their performances - particularly since Allardyce took over from Koeman.