Stamford Bridge side keen on Goodison Park starlet.
Chelsea will battle Man City in pursuit of Everton youngster Ross Barkley according to Sports Direct News.
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Blues boss Jose Mourinho is confident of winning the race to sign the 20 year old England man who the Toffees may struggle to keep hold of this summer.
The talented midfielder has really come of age this term and has been a regular in Roberto Martinez’s first team set-up, started 18 of Everton’s 24 Premier League fixtures this season.
Everton are looking to tie down Barkley to a new deal but should the Merseyside club fail in their quest for a top four finish then a move to Stamford Bridge or the Etihad Stadium would become far more likely.
Mourinho has adopted a youthful transfer policy and has a host of young talents either in his first team set-up of farmed out on loan though one imagines that Barkley would be ushered straight into his Blues squad and could be considered as a long term replacement for veteran England man Frank Lampard.
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