30 Dec, 13:00
Chelsea is leading the race to sign England international Ross Barkley from Everton during the January transfer window.
Blues boss Antonio Conte was hoping to bring Barkley to Stamford Bridge last summer and launched a deadline day move to secure his signature. Barkley was interested in the switch but decided to turn Chelsea down as he wanted to regain his fitness before making such a major decision over his future.
He is yet to play a game during the 2017-18 campaign and will be out of contract come the summer but Chelsea is nevertheless hoping to finally bring him to west London next month. Tottenham have also been keeping tabs on Barkley but would rather sign him as a free agent, putting Chelsea firmly in the driving seat ahead of the January transfer window.
It is claimed both Chelsea and Everton, who have moved into the top-half of the table under Sam Allardyce, hope Barkley’s future is resolved in early January to avoid another saga running through the window.
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