Chelsea will fight with Manchester City for the signing of Ross Barkley this summer with the fee potentially rising to as much as £50 million, according to many sources in this morning’s newspapers,
The 21-year-old is believed to be one of this country’s finest young talents after a series of seasons in which he has been by far Everton’s best player, and he has subsequently been linked with a move away from Goodison Park for the past few transfer windows.
There were rumours that Chelsea were hoping to line up Barkley as a long term replacement for Frank Lampard when it became apparent Chelsea’s record goalscorer was going to bring his Stamford Bridge career to and end, and he has been a target of Manchester City for some time as the Citizens’ wish to make him part of the spine that their money has yet to buy them.
Everton must be expecting to lose Barkley, who has been compared to Wayne Rooney for his direct style of attacking and ability to change a game in a short amount of time, and it will be interesting to see which club, Chelsea or City, will win his signature in the end, and how much one of England’s best young players goes for in this age of inflated prices.
Both clubs are apparently seeking major signings this summer, with City apparently hoping to have an overhaul of their team going into the hundreds of millions. Whether or not they will be able to depends on how much money they can get for their existing players so as to not break FFP laws. In that regard a move to west London appears more likely, but Barkley may be hesitant to move to a team that already has an abundant amount of world class talent in its midfield.