Ross Barkley is due to undergo a medical with Chelsea today ahead of a £15m move from Everton after Tottenham ended their pursuit of the midfielder. The midfielder will have a medical at the club on Friday and will complete the move from his boyhood club Everton in the coming days.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce admitted on Thursday that he was expecting to receive bids for Barkley before the close of the January window.
That delay looks likely to cost Barkley's boyhood club £20m in transfer revenue although Everton risk losing the England global for nothing in the summer and will reluctantly accept a cut-price move.
Barkley is said to be close to fitness after an extended injury lay-off which necessitated surgery on his hamstring and has seen him out of action this season.
Barkley turned down a big-money move to Chelsea at the last minute as he wanted to focus on his recovery.
That's according to "The Times" journalist Paul Joyce, who has developed a reputation over the years for being one of the most reliable in the industry when it comes to news relating to the two Merseyside clubs.
However, he also suggested that it was likely a deal had already been agreed and it seems as if Barkley's time at Everton is over.
Some of the Everton fans who were disappointed in his decision not to sign a new contract a year ago will likely be happy to see him leave. Barkley joined Toffees back in 2005 when he was 11-year-old and made his first start for Everton in his side's 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.