Premier League holders Chelsea may have already got a deal over the line for Ross Barkley, Everton boss Sam Allardyce has suggested. The England international has just six months left on his Toffees deal, and he is widely expected to pursue a new challenge at the turn of the year.
Allardyce took over the reigns from caretaker David Unsworth following the 4-0 thumping of West Ham United in midweek, and the 63-year-old has since guided the Toffees to a 2-0 triumph over Huddersfield Town which sees them in the top-half of the standings.
Speaking to reporters, Allardyce suggested that the attacker may have already sealed his desired move after his deal to Stamford Bridge fell through at the final hurdle, he said:
“I’d like to think we can keep Barkley, unless somebody’s already done a deal for him.I am not daft enough to know in this game that those words and phone calls might not have already gone on.”
Barkley had been the subject of a £35m move from the reigning champions last summer, but the player had second thoughts over the switch on deadline day as he was still recovering from a hamstring problem.
League rivals Tottenham Hotspur have since been tipped to beat the Blues to the Englishman’s services, but Chelsea are likely to retain their interest in the Toffees’ graduate when the transfer window reopens in less than a month’s time.