Saturday 24 February 2018

Ross Barkley's sensational Chelsea snub

Ross Barkley turned his back on a £35m switch to Chelsea. Photo: GETTY
Ross Barkley turned his back on a £35m switch to Chelsea. Photo: GETTY

John Percy

Ross Barkley turned his back on a £35m switch to Chelsea in a late twist on transfer deadline day.

The Everton midfielder had travelled to London and undergone a medical when, with less than an hour of the window remaining, he apparently had a change of heart and opted to stay at Goodison Park.

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri revealed the 23-year-old, currently out injured as well as being out of favour under Toffees boss Ronald Koeman, will now assess his options when the January window opens.

"The two clubs agreed a deal of £35m and I think personal terms were agreed," Moshiri said. "After the medical we heard from Paul Martin, Ross Barkley's agent, that he had changed his mind and wanted to reconsider his position in the January window.

"He's currently injured so technically he will be with us, he is under contract for another year. It's a surprise, but that's football."

Chelsea were, however, close to completing the £35m deal for Leicester's Danny Drinkwater with Leicester recruiting long-term target Adrien Silva, who sealed a £22m move.

Leicester also captured Aleksandar Dragovic from Bayer Leverkusen on a season-long loan and offloaded £13m midfielder Nampalys Mendy to Nice on loan.

Everton have completed the signing of Hajduk Split winger Nikola Vlasic. The 19-year-old Croatia international signed a five-year contract after an £8m (€8.7m) fee, which could rise to £10m (€10.9m), was agreed.

Irish Independent

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