With Everton midfielder Ross Barkley looking to leave the club, and the club happy to grant his wishes, we take a look at whether the England international is worth taking a chance on.
Ross Barkley has gained interest from Chelsea and Tottenham, and the two will go head to head to try to get his signature on the final day of the summer transfer window.
Chelsea had a bid rejected of £25 million for the attacking midfielder, but that was turned down by Everton who want a lot more, especially in the market we are in. But he does only have a year left in his contract.
Antonio Conte is looking for players who are fit, and are ready to go into that squad to fight on all fronts this year. Barkley doesn’t fit that criteria. But with Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko coming back from injury, it would allow him to regain full fitness and join the squad.
Chelsea’s interest in Drinkwater remains, but Leicester don’t want to sell, so Barkley could be the last option for Chelsea, as they missed out on Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The 23-year-old made 36 appearances for Everton in the league last year, scoring 6 goals, and creating 82 chances. With the array of talent Chelsea have in their ranks he could really flourish.
He’s never blossomed to his full potential, and with a move to a title challenging club he could excel.
But should we wait until January?
If we took him in mid-season, it would mean he would most likely be fit and ready to slot into the Chelsea side, but the extra few months at Chelsea in recovery, could allow him to adapt to Antonio Conte’s methods and tactics.
He would be significantly cheaper in January due to only have six months left on his contract in Merseyside however Chelsea need players now, they can’t wait.
For £35 million, and a young talent, I’d bring him now. Let him recover with the best, and learn and adapt to allow him to come straight in. There is no risk. Chelsea have the funds, and with him being an England international, and with the market being the way it is, his value is going to drop significantly if he does turn out to become a flop.