The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are disappointed by the news that Ross Barkley looks set to leave the club this month.
The resident Evertonians propping up the bar in the tavern awoke to reports in The Sun that claim Barkley is having a medical in London today ahead of a proposed move to Chelsea. The same report has revealed that he will move to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth £15 million – a fee which is virtually peanuts within the current market.
Understandably, the Everton fans will be disappointed by the news that their promising academy product will leave the club to a league rival for such a modest fee.
Barkley is yet to play a single minute of football this season due to a troublesome hamstring injury which has kept him out of action so far, but the potential he has shown in recent years is enough to suggest Chelsea are set to complete a fine piece of business for his services.
Although it must be considered that Barkley was set to become a free agent next summer, the deal seems to have sold The Toffees short somewhat.
With Everton looking short of attacking options this season, it seems that they missed a trick by not persuading Chelsea to allow Michy Batshuayi to move to Goodison Park on loan until the end of the season.
The situation is fairly simple, Batshuayi is surplus to requirements, and Everton are in need of a striker, so it seems peculiar that the Belgian striker has not been used as a makeweight as part of the Barkley transfer.
Perhaps Sam Allardyce does not believe that Batshuayi would fit into the side, but if that is not the case, then it is fair to say Everton have made a big mistake by failing to bring him to the club.