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‘Win/win for both clubs’, ‘Typical Everton’ – Everton fans on Twitter bemoan a missed opportunity following transfer update

The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to the news that Ross Barkley looks set to join Chelsea very shortly. 

Despite the fact that Barkley opted against a move to Chelsea in the summer, the Evertonian now looks destined to complete a move to Stamford Bridge this month. According to reports in The Sun, Barkley is in London today for a medical ahead of a proposed £15 million move to Chelsea.

Naturally, the Everton fans are disappointed to lose their academy product for a relatively cheap price in the context of the current market – even considering the fact that he was set to become a free agent next summer.

However, The Toffees main grievance so far relates to Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, as they believe the Everton hierarchy should have brought the Belgian striker to the club as part of the deal.

Of course, it is completely plausible that Chelsea were only willing to part with cash for Barkley’s services, but the reaction from the Everton fans is also understandable given their current level of attacking options.

Everton only have two strikers currently on their books – namely Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse – and neither have firmly cemented themselves as Allardyce’s first-choice striker just yet.

Considering Batshuayi looks to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, it is easy to understand why the supporters are feeling aggrieved by his omission from the Barkley deal.

Here’s what the Everton fans had to say about their club’s failure to bring Batshuayi to Goodison Park…

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