Everton's Ross Barkley set to join Antonio Conte's Chelsea for £15 million

Chelsea complete the £15million signing of Ross Barkley on a five-and-a-half-year deal

Ross Barkley is due to undergo a medical with Chelsea today ahead of a £15m move from Everton after Tottenham ended their pursuit of the midfielder.

Spurs have been long time admirers of the Everton man, but it now looks like they will miss out on the enigmatic 24-year-old.

Mauricio Pochettino is well renowned for deploying a high intensity pressing style of play, along with fiercely competitive training sessions, and it could be argued that Barkley would really struggle to fit into that way of working.

Tottenham Hotspur have brought an end to their interest in Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and have begun to focus their attention on alternative targets for the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old completed the move to West London on Friday and will wear the No 8 shirt
The 24-year-old completed the move to West London on Friday and will wear the No 8 shirt

The England worldwide is believed to be in London to negotiate terms with the reigning Premier League champions, despite having turned them down last summer.

Barkley called off a move to Chelsea last summer on deadline day and Tottenham were interested in signing the midfielder, but things have changed in north London.

New manager Sam Allardyce said past year that if he returned to full fitness and remained committed, he could still have a future at the club.

"I would expect there would be sometime in this window if there is going to be any interest from some of the big boys", he told Sky Sports when asked whether he was expecting bids for the player. Barkley joined Toffees back in 2005 when he was 11-year-old and made his first start for Everton in his side's 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

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