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Chelsea close to signing Everton's Barkley for £15m, according to reports

05 January, 2018, 13:26 | Author: Christina Hansen
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The England global claimed he wanted a new challenge and there was reported interest in him from Tottenham Hotspur as well as the reigning Premier League champions.

According to report, Antonio Conte is willing to shell out £15 million to cut a deal this month, and the deal could be complete as soon as Friday with suggestions that Barkley was in London.

The current Premier League champions attempted to sign the 24-year-old midfielder in the summer, in a deal worth around £35million, but he ended up staying at Goodison Park to continue his recovery from hamstring surgery.

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However, with Everton boss Sam Allardyce confirming that Barkley would leave the club it looks like the Blues are in prime position as of right now.

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.

However, he also suggested that it was likely a deal had already been agreed and it seems as if Barkley's time at Everton is over.

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"I expect there would be some interest some time in this window if there's going to be any interest from one of the big boys".

Some of the Everton fans who were disappointed in his decision not to sign a new contract past year will likely be happy to see him leave.

Barkley has been at Everton since he was 11-years-old, having been spotted by the club's late and prolific former scout Sid Benson, and made 150 Premier League appearances.

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