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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea during the summer transfer window, and he was so close to joining Chelsea before the deal fell through just before deadline.

The 24-year-old remains on Antonio Conte’s shopping list according to reports, despite the fact Barkley is yet to play this season as he continues his recovery from a long-term injury.

Barkley is out of contract in the summer but reports claim Chelsea are willing to offer a fee this January transfer window, believed to be around £15million.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce had hoped to convince Barkley to stay but is resigned to seeing the Everton academy graduate move on.

“I think that we are resigned and the club was resigned before I got here that we’re going to lose Ross and I can’t see that changing,” said Allardyce.

“I expect there would be some interest some time in this window if there’s going to be any interest from one of the big boys.

“He’s back in training full-time. When he comes back the touch won’t be quite as good as it used to be and the match fitness won’t be quite as good as it used to be.”

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