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Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea will battle for Ross Barkley’s signature in January, according to HITC Sports via Sky Sports.
The midfielder turned down a move to Chelsea in the summer after Everton agreed a £30m deal with the Blues.
It was widely reported that the proposed move to Chelsea didn’t go through because he wasn’t given the opportunity to seek assurances about his place in the team from Antonio Conte.
Barkley will now wait until January before pushing for a move away from Everton.
However, Chelsea still retain strong Interest in the midfielder and will try to sign him in January but would now face competition from Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino is a big admirer of Barkley and has been trying to sign him since last summer. However, he didn’t bother making a bid this summer because the player was out injured.
Since a move to Chelsea fell through, Spurs are likely to return for him in the winter when he is fully fit.
According to the Telegraph both clubs will be looking to pay around £20m for a midfielder who Chelsea was supposed to pay £35m on some weeks ago.
Barkley’s contract expires at the end of next season and Everton know they could lose him for free if a club doesn’t sign him in January, hence are ready to accept a reduced fee for the midfielder.
With both Tottenham and Chelsea representing a lucrative destination for the midfielder, Barkley has a few more months to figure where would favor him the most. Spurs have an advantage for several reasons but I believe we can pull this off if we are determined to.