A medical examination appears to be the only obstacle standing between Everton star Ross Barkley and a move to Chelsea following a £15million deal, after Tottenham pulled their interest in the England midfielder.
Barkley, 24, aborted a move to the Blues on deadline day last summer due to a serious hamstring injury but both parties resuscitated the deal after Spurs baulked from meeting the player’s wage demand.
The England midfielder, who have just six months left of his current Toffees deal though he’s not featured for Everton all season, recently returned to training with the first team and has played in a behind closed doors friendly.
According to media reports in England, Spurs’ strict pay structure currently sees Harry Kane and captain Hugo Lloris as the club’s top earners, with the pair currently earning around £100,000-a-week but Barkley reportedly asked for more than that which would have made him the club’s highest earner.
Spurs subsequently pulled their interest due to what they considered an outrageous demand, leaving Chelsea to land the midfielder at the second attempt.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce had confirmed on Thursday that Barkley’s departure from Merseyside is just a matter of when, not if.
The Toffees boss declared: “The club was resigned to losing Ross before I got here. I can’t see that changing.”
Now Antonio Conte, who has called on the club’s hierarchy to add to his squad, will strengthen with Barkley, who is eligible for all four competitions.