Three Ross Barkley alternatives Chelsea could sign after injury setback

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley could miss out on a switch away from Goodison Park this summer after picking up a hamstring tear in training.

The Toffees star had been expected to leave the club this summer after turning down the chance to extend his contract which is due to run out next summer, with the Merseyside outfit keen to cash in on the £30m-rated player now instead of risking losing him for nothing in 2018.

The Daily Mail says that Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were all keen on the 23-year-old, but they may have to turn their attentions elsewhere with the England international facing a fight to be fully fit again by the start of October.

The Blues in particular are in need of strengthening their midfield following the departure of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, new boy Tiemoue Bakayoko still returning from injury and Cesc Fabregas being sent off in the defeat against Burnley on Saturday, and they will need to turn their attentions elsewhere.

Here are three Ross Barkley alternatives Chelsea could sign…