In Focus: Everton star Barkley likely to wait for Tottenham despite Chelsea interest

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley could be the subject of another bid from Chelsea during the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the England international rejected a move to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day in August as he wanted more time to think about his future, and he may have a decision to make in the New Year with his Toffees contract due to expire next summer as he can sign a pre-contract agreement to join a foreign club.

The Daily Mail says that the 24-year-old preferred a move to Tottenham Hotspur over Chelsea as he felt that he would play more regularly under Mauricio Pochettino, but the north London outfit were unwilling to make a move for him when he was suffering with a hamstring injury.

The Daily Mail says that the Argentine boss is still keen on Barkley, who is two weeks away from full fitness, but Chelsea are refusing to accept defeat in the chase to sign the midfielder.

Is there any chance Barkley could stay at Everton?

Under the leadership of Ronald Koeman it seemed unlikely given that the Dutchman was clearly unhappy that he had entered the final year of his contract with no decision made on the star’s future.

However, his sacking and the arrival of Sam Allardyce may change things, although the presence of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen in the Toffees’ squad means that Barkley faces a real fight to get back into the XI in his preferred No 10 position when he returns to full fitness.

What should Barkley do?

While he does have the interest of Tottenham and Chelsea, there are many that still feel that Barkley isn’t the finished product or consistent enough to join those two clubs, and would be better off staying at Goodison.

While there is no doubt that he would be more likely to play at Everton than he would if he joined Chelsea, Spurs’ interest will certainly be more appealing for the 24-year-old given Pochettino’s side’s style of play and his tendency to give British players a chance to develop and improve in the first team.