Chelsea pondering Everton midfielder Barkley

⚽ Chelsea pondering Everton midfielder Barkley ⚽

Chelsea are believed to be showing interest in Everton star Ross Barkley.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that the Blues are retaining a long-standing curiosity in the English midfielder.

Barkley is yet to agree a new deal with the Toffees and there is danger of looking elsewhere unless his contract situation is resolved.

The immensely talented 23-year-old will have 12 months to run on his Goodison Park contract this summer.

The Mirror report suggests that Chelsea are plotting a £100million double transfer raid on Barkley and star striker Romelu Lukaku, with the Belgian believed to be worth in excess of £65m.

That means Barkley, who continues to show only glimpses of his full potential, would cost somewhere around the £35m mark.

Antonio Conte is willing to let AC Milan and China target Cesc Fabregas depart Stamford Bridge at season’s end and is believed to be looking for a youthful replacement with Barkley ticking most boxes.

Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are also keen on the 22-time England international.