Everton's Ross Barkley set to join Antonio Conte's Chelsea for £15 million

Ross Barkley

The England midfielder, who have just six months left of his current Toffees deal though he's not featured for Everton all season, recently returned to training with the first team and has played in a behind closed doors friendly.

Barkley was reportedly close to joining Chelsea during the summer transfer window but in the end the deal fell through.

He said in his press conference, "I would expect there would be sometime in this window if there is going to be any interest from some of the big boys".

Sam Allardyce has revealed to The Liverpool Echo that Everton are resigned to losing reported Tottenham Hotspur target Ross Barkley this month.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, known for his frugal nature, was hoping to clinch Barkley on a free in the summer, but the former Leeds United loanee has been swayed by Chelsea's unquenched desire to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

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

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.

But Chelsea have this morning seen their odds of landing Barkley slashed from 4/9 to 1/5 - shorter than they've ever been.

Now Antonio Conte, who has called on the club's hierarchy to add to his squad, will strengthen with Barkley, who is eligible for all four competitions.

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