Chelsea’s £25m bid for 23-year-old attacker is rejected – report

Chelsea have had a £25m bid for Ross Barkley rejected by Everton, according to reports

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Chelsea have had a £25m bid for Ross Barkley rejected by Everton, according to reports in the British media.

The Times is reporting that the Blues have failed with their offer to try and bring the England midfielder to Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes on Thursday night.

The same report says that Chelsea’s offer falls significantly below Everton’s valuation of Barkley, which is believed to be around £40m.

It is also claimed that Chelsea’s bid for Barkley is an attempt to beat their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the signature of the midfielder.

The story also claims that Chelsea representatives spoke to their Everton counterparts after the Blues’ 2-0 victory over the Toffees at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League last Sunday.

The 23-year-old midfielder is in the final year of his contract at Everton and is not thought to be keen on signing a new contract with the Toffees.

The England international is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and is not expected to be fit enough to return to action until November.

Chelsea, who won the Premier League title last season, have signed Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata so far this summer.

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