Chelsea join battle to sign want-away Barkley

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp looks on during the Pre Season Friendly match between Birmingham City and Swansea City at St Andrews

Chelsea join battle to sign want-away Barkley

Chelsea have reportedly entered the race for Ross Barkley with a "serious" intent on scuppering Tottenham's supposed move for the wantaway star.

The Blues are holding out for a £50 million asking price for the England global, who has under a year left on his current deal at Goodison Park.

The ex-Southampton manager tried every trick in the book to coax the England international's best form out of him, but Barkley struggled to adapt to Koeman's preferred playing style and was criticised at times for his lack of end product. I'm a massive Ross Barkley fan and think he could be flawless for us.

Their close rivals Tottenham are not willing to match Everton's asking price, which is believed to have lowered from £50m to around £35m in recent days, but Groves thinks Arsenal shouldn't think twice if a deal worth £25m becomes a possibility.

Ex-Gunners ace Perry Groves sat down for an exclusive interview with popular sports betting company Bwin, and shared his belief that Ross Barkley would be ideal for his former club, but admitted that Spurs could very well win the race for the Toffees man.

"I'd absolutely love him at Arsenal". He's got something that other players don't have. He could play behind Lacazette or alongside [Granit] Xhaka - I'd love to have him. He wants to test himself and needs to do so at a club like Arsenal to earn the right to demand such money. "Too many people look at the negative aspects to Ross' game rather than what he can do". Their frugal approach to negotiations has seemingly opened the door for Chelsea, who are looking to bolster their homegrown quota this summer.

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