Chelsea Launch Barkley Bid As They Seek To End Window On A High

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Having laid the groundwork for the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, from Arsenal, Chelsea moved onto their next target: Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley, also 23.

The Blues lodged a £25m bid with the Merseyside club for a player whom Ronald Koeman expects to leave Goodison Park this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph. Despite missing three months of last season with a hamstring injury, the Dutchman viewed Barkley as a key member of the squad.

Even the transfer market is inflated, a lack of interest in Barkley means that Chelsea will land the player for around half the £50m valuation Everton placed on him at the start of the summer. Tottenham showed an early interest in the midfielder but having retained their key players, Mauricio Pochettino declined to enter a bidding war.

The situation saw Chelsea move to 4/6 favourites to sign Ross Barkley with Tottenham moving out to 3/1.

Antonio Conte’s complaints about a lack of action by the club’s hierarchy have been met with a barrage of activity. Leicester City are bracing themselves for a renewed bid from Chelsea for 27-year-old midfielder Danny Drinkwater while Swansea expect a late offer for Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente, 32.