Chelsea, City and United midfielder pursuit scuppered - reports

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Everton are confidence Ross Barkley will sign a new contract with the club despite interest from a trio of Barclays Premier League clubs, according to BBC Sport.

The 17-year-old has broken through into the Toffees first-team this term, producing impressive performances that helped yield an England under-21 debut last month against Israel.

However, his showing shave already raised the eyebrows of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, who are all looking to secure a deal for the midfielder, before he signs an extended deal at Goodison Park.


United have ben heavily linked with a move for a player reportedly worth £20 million, however Chelsea and City have registered their interest.

Chelsea, City and United would be able to offer the starlet Champions League football, while Everton may be forced to part with the youngster with the club's finances unable to compete with those of the Premier League title contenders.

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