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

Everton's English manager Sam Allardyce gestures before the English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park in Liverpool north west England

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.

"I think the club was resigned before I got here that they were going to lose Ross".

Barkley reportedly turned down a mega money new offer from the Blues late last season, after former boss Ronald Koeman giving him an ultimatum of sign it, or be sold.

"I would expect there would be sometime in this window if there is going to be any interest from some of the big boys", he told Sky Sports when asked whether he was expecting bids for the player. "When he comes back the touch won't be quite as good as it used to be and the match fitness won't be quite as good as it used to be".

Ross Barkley of Everton battles for the ball with Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at London Stadium

Chelsea are reportedly "close to clinching" a deal to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley after they submitted a new offer for the England global.

Barkley was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge throughout the summer but now finally looks set to join the current Premier League champions.

But Chelsea have not dropped their interest in Barkley and are now hopeful that they can complete a deal for the midfielder by the end of Friday. Manager Antonio Conte has revealed that Chelsea are aiming to add more players for their undersized squad because the club are still competing on all four fronts.

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