Deal Close - Chelsea to Agree $20million Signing

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

Barkley was hot property during the summer transfer window after refusing to sign a new contract at Goodison Park with Chelsea and Tottenham just two of the clubs to show a keen interest.

The England worldwide has now returned to training after a painstaking rehabilitation and Antonio Conte, the Chelsea head coach, wants to bolster his squad in January.

And now, barring late hitches, he is likely to secure a move to Chelsea.

Barkley, capped 22 times by England, has previously expressed a desire to play Champions League football and would be eligible to play for Chelsea in their last-16 clash against Barcelona in February if he completes a move to the club.

With both Tottenham and even Arsenal interested in the England playmaker, the Blues want a swift resolution to the transfer rather than spend the entire January window.

Per Paul Joyce of The Times, the Everton midfielder - whose contract expires this summer - is on his way to Chelsea to undergo physical tests before putting pen to paper.

And the bookies claim a deal is getting ever nearer as the 24-year-old is now 1/5 odds-on to leave the Toffees.

Barkley has not featured for Everton this season as he recovers from a torn hamstring.

  • Stacy Allen