Earlier this month, it was reported that Alex Ferguson was already casting his eye over new Everton starlet Ross Barkley, with a view to a Rooney-esque move for the player.
Now it has emerged that Chelsea are also interested in Barkley and are willing to make a bid in the region of £20-30m in January to secure his signature.
New Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has shown a desire to both invest in new young players and give the less experienced members of the current squad a chance in the first team. Evidence for this is his preference for Juan Mata over Frank Lampard and also giving Daniel Sturridge a run-out in the last couple of games.
Still aged only 17, Barkley has really caught the eye for Everton this year both as a starter and as an impact substitute. Everton fans are much more excited about him than they were when Wayne Rooney came through the club’s academy, and so it seems is David Moyes, who is using Barkley a lot more despite a year-long injury last term.
Former Everton chief scout Mick Doherty was recruited by Chelsea this summer to run their European operations. It is arguable that Doherty would have passed on a word or two about the emerging talent at Goodison.
If any deal is to come to pass in the near future, rest assured David Moyes will be wanting at least £30m for the player. Barkley has demonstrated a maturity and football intelligence that is simply natural, something specific to truly great players. If Everton can retain and build around Barkley, the future will be promising. £30m though – could they really say no?
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