Chelsea and Tottenham may have to fight in signing Everton midfielder Ross Barkley come January as both of the London clubs are interested in him.
Barkley was supposed to move away from Everton during the summer but a switch was not able to materialise although reports that Chelsea made a £35 million offer to sign him.
Barkley rejected Chelsea’s offer during the summer transfer window which could mean that he favours a move to Tottenham instead where established core players including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier are under the wings of Mauricio Pochettino.
Between the two clubs, Tottenham may have an edge in signing the 23-years-old since Pochettino’s track record of nurturing youngsters is still flawless. The Tottenham boss could also offer Barkley access to next summer’s World Cup.
The young Englishman will be out of contract at Goodison Park next summer and has also refused to sign a new contract with Everton. This means that he will be available on a free transfer after his contract expires.
Chelsea and Tottenham can take advantage of January as they will be able to move the player for a reduced price of £20 million.