Chelsea close to completing £15m signing!

Chelsea close to completing £15m signing!

The England global came close to joining Chelsea in the summer transfer window after the clubs agreed a £35m fee, but ultimately opted against the move.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce said on Thursday the club had been resigned to losing Barkley for some time.

Chelsea have agreed a fee, reportedly around £15m, with Everton for Barkley and the midfielder will be undergoing a medical with the Premier League champions ahead of completing his switch.

Mauricio Pochettino is well renowned for deploying a high intensity pressing style of play, along with fiercely competitive training sessions, and it could be argued that Barkley would really struggle to fit into that way of working.

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But Chelsea were happy to pay to secure his services in January, with Antonio Conte enthused by Barkley's potential.

Barkley's current contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he has turned down the opportunity to sign a new deal so the Toffees have no choice but to sell him this month or they will lose him for free at the end of the season.

The 24-year old remained a wanted man for Chelsea and was under Conte's radar for a couple of seasons.

That's according to "The Times" journalist Paul Joyce, who has developed a reputation over the years for being one of the most reliable in the industry when it comes to news relating to the two Merseyside clubs. 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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