According to reports in The Telegraph, Chelsea are close to completing the £15m signing of Tottenham Hotspur target and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, and Spurs fans have been quick to have their say on the news.
The north London outfit have long been linked with a move for the England international and were keen to sign him last summer, but they look set to lose out to their neighbours from the capital with The Telegraph reporting that chairman Daniel Levy was hoping to sign the 24-year-old on a free transfer at the end of the season – when the player’s contract is due to run out – rather than this month.
It remains unclear whether Spurs could still make a last-gasp bid to try and bring the player to Wembley given that manager Mauricio Pochettino is a long-term admirer, but it seems unlikely as things stand.
Tottenham supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the rumour, and while one said that he ‘feels sorry for Poch’, another said that he was “completely flabbergasted” that that the club are seemingly ready to allow him to join Chelsea.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Best thing I've read all morning
— JP1 (@jackpowell313) January 5, 2018
Feel sorry for Poch. Another player who he targeted but didn't get.
— . (@Ehsanul_98) January 5, 2018
Surely better than sissoko for only 15m
— Tony N (@tonyneils85) January 5, 2018
Hope he enjoys warming the chavs bench
— Lillywhite61 (@glynbas52) January 5, 2018
He's not good enough
— Semper I (@BoykoAleksiev) January 5, 2018
@jetsetyid is this true? Has Enic and levy failed to back poch again? Disgusting
— Addicted To Spurs (@addicted_spurs) January 5, 2018
— Adrià Strauss 🎗 (@adriastrauss) January 5, 2018
Same Old Story
We need New Owners
— Danny (@dannyosmond777) January 5, 2018
Completely flabbergasted that Spurs are seemingly allowing Ross Barkley to join Chelsea.
— Marc Benamram (@MarcBenamram) January 4, 2018
Ross Barkley was/ is clearly holding out for Spurs. It must come as kick in the teeth then, that his preferred suitors don’t even rate him enough to pay a heavily reduced fee for his obvious talent. Spurs January snoozing and once again we’ll end up losing. 😤 #COYS
— Ben Harris (@thisisbenharris) January 5, 2018
Ffs levy do something, will be wasted at Chelsea
— Finn (@finnmurphy6) January 5, 2018