Report: Club in talks to sign £100k-a-week Chelsea player just need to agree 'small details' before he completes move

Everton are reportedly in advanced talks for a deal to sign Chelsea’s Ross Barkley on a permanent basis.

According to 90min, the Merseyside club are in advanced discussions about re-signing the 28-year-old.

It is understood Everton now need to iron out just some “small details” before the £100,000-a-week midfielder completes a return to Goodison Park this summer.

The report adds the player is keen on returning to his boyhood club, too.

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Barkley was no more than a fringe player last season in Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea squad, so it’ll be no real surprise if he leaves on a permanent transfer before the window shuts.

Incidentally, talkSPORT’s Andy Townsend recently urged the Liverpool-born player to leave Stamford Bridge after a difficult spell in West London.

He’s made 99 Blues appearances during four and a half years at the club, failing to really consistently show the talent he had as a youngster in Everton colours.

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Everton in advanced talks for Barkley

It sounds like this is a transfer everyone should be optimistic goes through.

Aged 28, there’s still time for Barkley to try get his career back on track after some underwhelming years. It’ll be interesting to see how Everton fans welcome him back after his unsavoury exit, though.

He’s a 33-time capped England international that on his day is an exciting attacking midfielder to watch.

There’s definitely a need for someone like him in the Everton ranks, so perhaps it’s a fit that makes sense for all parties.

It just so happens that Chelsea travel to Goodison next Saturday on the opening weekend of the Premier League, but what badge will Barkley be wearing on his chest?

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.