Everton boss Allardyce makes worrying admission about Barkley

Ross Barkley

GETTY Chelsea look set to finally sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley

Chelsea are set to take their season's spending past the £200m mark after making a £15m bid for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

The 24-year-old England man rejected a new deal at Everton and is out of contract at the end of this season, opening the door to a cut-price move. The prolific playmaker for the Toffees is yet to play his first game in the Premier League after recovering from hamstring surgery which was followed by another injury during training.

Barkley favoured a move to Chelsea last summer and regardless of Tottenham's stance, the midfielder's choice this month could also have been the Premier League champions.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that his club are expecting to receive a bid for Ross Barkley this month and concedes that they are destined to lose the England worldwide.

Sky Sports claim that Spurs are no longer in the race to sign the Everton midfielder as manager Mauricio Pochettino has turned his attention to other targets.

That's according to "The Times" journalist Paul Joyce, who has developed a reputation over the years for being one of the most reliable in the industry when it comes to news relating to the two Merseyside clubs.

"I would expect there would be sometime in this window if there is going to be any interest from some of the big boys", he said.

With Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Nikola Vlasic already at the club, his departure may not leave the Everton manager scrambling to sign a replacement. Barkley joined Toffees back in 2005 when he was 11-year-old and made his first start for Everton in his side's 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

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