Chelsea have made a £25m bid for Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley.

Barkley has been linked with a move away from Goodsion Park to Spurs all summer, despite Everton originally putting a price tag of £50m on Barkley.

With the close of the transfer window just two days away however, and with no bid from Spurs in sight, Everton have slashed the asking price in half as Chelsea look set to beat Tottenham to Barkley’s signature.

The 23-year-old is yet to play for the Toffees this season and his name was absent on the latest England squad team sheet.

But this is not an indication of his footballing ability, rather an indication of his ability to play football at the moment.

Barkley is currently out with a hamstring injury and he’s not expected to be back fit again for three months.

Chelsea have not been put off by this and are keen to get the player in before September 1, even though Barkley is in the final year of his contract.

There has also been talk of interest from Liverpool, who have recently hijacked Arsenal’s bid for Thomas Lemar from Monaco.

Barkley has scored 21 goals and assisted as many during 150 games for Everton and has scored two goals for England during his 22 caps.

During the last two years, Barkley has found some consistency, playing a part in 30 goals in 74 Premier League games.