- Chelsea saw a summer move for Ross Barkley collapse because of injury doubts
- The Blues are set to return for the Everton star in January following his recovery
- Barkley was in London on Thursday and £15 million move could be sealed on Friday
Chelsea are reportedly "close to clinching" a deal to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley after they submitted a new offer for the England international.
The Blues could even complete the signing on Friday, January 5, after talks accelerated over a deal believed to be worth in the region of £15 million, amid suggestions Barkley was in London on Thursday, January 4.
The Toffees playmaker came close to moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window, but Matt Law of the Telegraph reported Chelsea are now "increasingly confident" and that talks between the two clubs under way.
It's understood Chelsea are seeking a swift resolution on Barkley's future rather than allowing the saga to rage into January, with the Blues willing to pay £15 million to cut a deal this month.
The Times' Paul Joyce recently provided quotes from Everton manager Sam Allardyce giving his view on Barkley's future, and the synopsis was far from hopeful in the long term.
Allardyce said: "The club was resigned before I got here that they were going to lose Ross. I can't see that changing."
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But injuries have stunted his progress this season and prevented him from playing this campaign, with Chelsea taking something of a risk by investing in a player who's been sidelined since August.
Chelsea's other top transfer targets are proving difficult to land, and manager Antonio Conte wants cover for centre forward Alvaro Morata.
The Blues have made an enquiry to West Ham about a loan move for Carroll and held preliminary talks with his representatives, though Hammers boss David Moyes does not want to let him leave on loan.
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