Chelsea have made a £25 million bid for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, according to The Telegraph.
Tottenham have been linked with a move for Barkley all summer, and have apparently been waiting until late in the window so that they can sign him for less than Everton’s original £50m valuation.
But following Barkley’s hamstring injury that could see him sidelined for three months, reports claim Spurs are considering delaying a move for the midfielder.
As a result, Chelsea could take advantage of Tottenham’s hesitance. Matt Law of the Telegraph is now reporting Chelsea have made an offer of £25m.
Last month, Ronald Koeman claimed Barkley is almost certain to leave Goodison Park by the close of the summer transfer window. The 23-year-old has just 11 months left on his Everton contract.
Not long after those claims, Koeman backtracked a little, suggesting the midfielder could still play a part for the Toffees this season.
If Spurs truly want Barkley, they would be wise to act now before Chelsea can offer superior personal terms.