According to reports on the BBC, Chelsea are set to complete a £15m deal to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley with the player set to undergo a medical on Friday, and Blues fans have been quick to have their say on the news.
The Premier League holders came close to bringing the 24-year-old to Stamford Bridge on the final day of the summer transfer window, but a move never materialised as the player entered the final year of his Toffees contract having turned down the opportunity to extend his stay on Merseyside.
However, now Antonio Conte looks set to get his man, who is yet to play this season because of a long-term hamstring injury.
Chelsea supporters took to social media to have their on the rumour, and while one labelled the decision to buy the England international as a “waste of money”, another said ‘Loftus-Cheek is a better player than Barkley’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
He simply doesn’t fit in we don’t play with a number 10 and if we did we have hazard, Willian, Pedro and fabregas who are miles better it’s a panic buy from the board just to give us a bigger squad and I’d rather invest that money in a new backup striker
— reecey ferguson (@ReeceyFerguson) January 5, 2018
I think Conte will use him as Pogba when he was at Juventus it will be good signing for us and he is better than Bakayoko
— Solomon Asante (@Solomon26932924) January 5, 2018
waste of money we clearly need strikers
— robert lee (@robertlee110) January 5, 2018
What a signing. Good, young, hard-working and most importantly English. Welcome Ross!
— Shadi C. (@CherishingChams) January 5, 2018
God hope we don't get him would really hinder Loftus -Cheek
— Karl Barrett (@KarlB09) January 5, 2018
My the only Chelsea fan who thinks we need better ? 🤔
— Gav (@ForceGav) January 5, 2018
We could have just kept Loftus-Cheek 😤 This club irritates the hell out me sometimes. £15m is a steal at least but I can't get excited over signing Ross bloody Barkley. We're the champions of England FFS. He won't even get into the team let alone strengthen it.
— Tom Andrews (@CarefreeTom_182) January 5, 2018
Why buy Ross when you have Loftus Cheek on loan? Cheek is a better player than Barkley.
— edwin morka (@debongos) January 5, 2018