The Ross Barkley train is pulling into Chelsea station — it’s a metaphor — and it sounds like there is no turning back now, unlike in the summer.
Here’s the Telegraph’s Matt Law with the latest update: a medical coming up today (Friday) with perhaps a signing to follow immediately or shortly thereafter. Certainly, if these dispatches are true — and there is little reason to doubt their veracity — Ross Barkley will be a Chelsea player before the week’s and perhaps even the day’s end.
It sounds like there is only a medical for Barkley to complete today before he will become a Chelsea player. He’s fit now so that shouldn’t be an issue. £15m is a bargain in the current market #cfc— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 5, 2018
Here’s the Times’ Paul Joyce with the same info.
Ross Barkley to have medical today at Chelsea. Fee in region of £15m— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) January 5, 2018
Obviously, general excitement will be tempered since not everyone is sold on Barkley as a player, but as Law points out (just as we have), £15m is an absolute bargain for a 24-year-old homegrown player with still some promise left in his legs.
And yes, £15m is still a bargain even though Barkley’s contract will be up in the summer and he would be able to move for free. Sorry, Spurs!
On Tottenham and Barkley - For those asking, I don’t think Tottenham were willing to pay a fee for a player who will be out of contract in 6 months. It could cost them in the long run, though.— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 5, 2018
Barkley returned to training with Everton just before Christmas, so he won’t be completely out of shape when he turns up at Cobham, though presumably he’ll take some time to get up to speed with Conte’s fitness regime, training methods, and tactical ideas.