Chelsea close to completing £15m signing!

Antonio Conte three transfer lists

Chelsea have retained an interest in Ross Barkley who they came close to landing in the closing stages of the summer transfer window. Reports also claim that the deal could be announced as soon as Friday.

Barkley turned down a move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day in August. Barkley, 24, hasn't played a minute of football for his boyhood club this season and his contract was due to expire in six months' time, meaning he could leave on a Bosman. Tottenham Hotspur were believed to be in pole position to land the English midfielder with Mauricio Pochettino hoping to pair him in a deeper role with Eric Dier.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce appears to have confirmed Barkley is on his way out of Goodison Park as a decision was made before he took over at the club. Antonio Conte would be happy with his addition to the squad as he has repeatedly appealed to the board to make more signings despite signing a midfielder not being a priority.




According to media reports in England, Spurs' strict pay structure now sees Harry Kane and captain Hugo Lloris as the club's top earners, with the pair now earning around £100,000-a-week but Barkley reportedly asked for more than that which would have made him the club's highest earner.

"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".

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