Chelsea 'on brink of signing Ross Barkley from Everton'

Chelsea 'on brink of signing Ross Barkley from Everton'

Chelsea 'on brink of signing Ross Barkley from Everton'

Ross Barkley is due to have a medical at Chelsea on Friday ahead of a proposed £15 million (€16.8m) transfer from Everton.

Barkley is said to be close to fitness after an extended injury lay-off which necessitated surgery on his hamstring and has seen him out of action this season.

Sam Allardyce admitted earlier this week that the club were resigned to losing Barkley this month and the BBC claim Chelsea have now agreed a £15m deal with the Toffees for his signature.

Sources told ESPN FC at the time that Chelsea did not believe they had been rejected by Barkley - who is in the final year of his contract with Everton - and would not be deterred from making a renewed approach in January as they look to bolster their squad depth and home-grown contingent.

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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.

Barkley turned down a big-money move to Chelsea at the last minute as he wanted to focus on his recovery.

Barkley, capped 22 times by England, has previously expressed a desire to play Champions League football and will be eligible to play for Chelsea in their last-16 clash against Barcelona in February.

New manager Sam Allardyce said previous year that if he returned to full fitness and remained committed, he could still have a future at the club. Barkley joined Toffees back in 2005 when he was 11-year-old and made his first start for Everton in his side's 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

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