Ross Barkley is about to join Chelsea

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Chelsea have reopened talks with Everton over Ross Barkley's possible transfer.

His future at Goodison was thrown into doubt during Ronald Koeman's reign as Everton manager, with the Dutch coach regularly criticising the midfielder in public and the player then stalling over a contract extension.

The Toffees boss declared: "The club was resigned to losing Ross before I got here".

While the Evertonian has been out injured for first half of the season, he has resumed training and thus will be available to play in all four competitions for the Blues.

"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". "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".

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However, as per the latest update provided by Daily Mail, Chelsea are on the brink of competing the signing of the 24-year-old star for a fee of 15 million pounds ($20million).

Chelsea are set to take their season's spending past the £200m mark after making a £15m bid for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

They are now trying to negotiate a lower price of around £20m because Barkley's contract expires at the end of this season and he will be able to walk away from the club for nothing on a Bosman free transfer.

Conte wants more players to strengthen what he considers a "small" squad - especially with Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Premier League trophies still technically up for grabs.

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