One of the bizarre trends of football is the instance of a player heading to another club’s training ground on transfer deadline day, only for a deal to never materialise and for the player to be left looking rather foolish.
That exact scenario occurred with Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who came within a few hours of a move to Chelsea in the summer. Since then he has not played a single minute for the Toffees during this Premier League season, mostly due to injury. Despite this the Blues will reignite their interest when the January window opens, according to the Telegraph.
Barkley was a product of the Everton youth system, and has gone on to play over 150 games across all competitions for the Merseyside club. At just 24-years of age, the England international still has a lot of room for growth, despite already establishing himself as a remarkably talented player.
Chelsea meanwhile currently sit third in the Premier League table, just a single point behind second place Manchester United, but a whopping 16 off leaders Manchester City. At this point a top four finish is all the Blues really need, and the addition of Barkley would certainly help bolster Antonio Conte’s squad.