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Chelsea and Spurs ready for January battle over England international

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will go head to head in January in a bid to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

Both clubs were interested in signing the England international during the summer, with Chelsea rumoured to have been close to securing a deadline day deal.

Spurs were heavily linked with having an interest in Barkley all throughout the summer, but were not prepared to match Everton’s £50m valuation, especially considering he was entering the final year of his contract.

Then, out of nowhere on deadline day, Barkley was reported to be close to joining Antonio Conte’s Chelsea in a £35m deal, with the midfielder claimed to be half way through his medical, before pulling out if the move. He has however refuted this to be the case.

The Daily Mirror are today reporting that both clubs are still interested in signing Barkley, who is currently injured and is yet to feature for the Toffees so far this season.

Barkley has made his name in a number 10 role behind the striker, but Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is planning to use the 23-year-old in a more withdrawn role. Despite it not being Barkley’s preferred role, he is thought to be keen on playing under the Argentine manager. Playing in a deeper role for Spurs on a regular basis could also improve his chances of being in England’s World Cup squad this summer.

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