Ross Barkley

Chelsea are set to lock horns with Tottenham over Everton midfielder Ross Barkley in the January transfer window, according to the Telegraph.

As the Telegraph report, the Premier League champions had a £35M bid accepted for the England international in the summer, but the move fell through. As per the report, his value will have decreased to £20M by January as Barkley will have just six months remaining on his contract with the Toffees.

The Telegraph report that Tottenham were keen on Barkley in the summer, but his long-term hamstring injury prevented them from making their move. It is believed that once he is fit and firing once again, Spurs will re-enter the race and provide Chelsea with stern competition for his signature.

On paper, Tottenham does look like a better place for Barkley to receive regular game-time and continue his development. But if he wants to win trophies, playing under Antonio Conte’s stewardship has to be the preferable option.

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