Pat Nevin hints Chelsea have interesting transfer plans for Ross Barkley
The Chelsea legend isn't convinced Ross Barkley will be a long-term addition to the west London side's squad
Pat Nevin has hinted that Chelsea could double their money on Ross Barkley and opt to sell the England midfielder in 12 months or so.
The defending Premier League champions signed Barkley in a cut-price £15m deal from Merseyside club Everton at the weekend.
Chelsea were initially linked with a £35m move to sign the 24-year-old attacker in the summer but Barkley opted to remain at Goodison Park despite passing a medical at Chelsea.
With less than six months remaining on his current Everton deal, the title holders were able to secure a bargain deal given the Toffees’ reluctance to lose Barkley for nothing at the end of the season.
Antonio Conte has already conceded that Barkley wasn’t one of his targets following the Englishman’s switch to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have developed a reputation for buying talented young players and selling them on for a substantial profit after one or two seasons, including Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Mohamed Salah.
Former Blues winger Nevin suggested Barkley could be a short-term addition to the Chelsea squad but the west London side look to make a profit on his £15m transfer fee.
“There is another thing,” Nevin told Irish radio station Newstalk on Monday night. “Chelsea signed him in £15m. How much could they sell him for in a year’s time? Exactly [£20m or £25m].”
Chelsea are in third place in the Premier League table.