There were some really surprised, if not shell-shocked people at Everton and Chelsea yesterday, hearing about Ross Barkley’s choice not to move to London, after all.
The two clubs agreed a fee of £35 million, I think personal terms were agreed
Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri told Sky Sports News.
After the medical, we heard from Paul Martin, Ross Barkley’s agent, that he changed his mind, and he wanted to reconsider his position during the January window
he then said, still in disbelief himself.
Technically he will be with us because he’s under contract for another year. It’s a big surprise but that’s football
Moshiri also said. Barkley remains injured, according to reports he could stay sidelined for another eight weeks, his future remains unclear, and for the last one, he has no one to blame but himself.
Chelsea did sign Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City and Davide Zappacosta from Torino, spending £35 and £23 million respectively.
As for Barkley, it’s too early to say if the Blues will return for him in January, if Antonio Conte will still consider him a good addition to their roster, and if of course they will be willing to go after a player who snubbed them like that on the last day of the summer transfer window.