Chelsea close to completing £15m signing!

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Chelsea is racing to rush through a deal for Everton star Ross Barkley so that they can ensure that Tottenham doesn't beat them there first.

Chelsea are close to agreeing a £15m deal for Everton's Ross Barkley with a medical scheduled on Friday, according to reports.

Tottenham were also interested in signing Barkley last summer, but Sky Sports News understands they decided against reigniting their interest in the 24-year-old with Mauricio Pochettino focusing on other targets.

The England global came close to joining Chelsea in the summer transfer window after the clubs agreed a £35m fee, but ultimately opted against the move.

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The Telegraph and even the Metro further added that Chelsea is very confident of signing the Everton man.

The stories emerged a day after Everton manager Sam Allardyce told reporters the club had accepted they would lose the midfielder during the January transfer window.

The England worldwide has less than six months left on his contract at Goodison Park and Tottenham was hoping to get him for free in the summer.

That delay looks likely to cost Barkley's boyhood club £20m in transfer revenue although Everton risk losing the England worldwide for nothing in the summer and will reluctantly accept a cut-price move. "I can't see that changing". The prolific playmaker for the Toffees is yet to play his first game in the Premier League after recovering from hamstring surgery which was followed by another injury during training.