Chelsea are set to make a £20million swoop for England starlet Ross Barkley in January, reports The Mirror.
The 19-year-old Everton midfielder has been one the revelations of the season so far, and has been targeted by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in a bid to boost the Stamford Bridge ranks.
Despite his age, Barkley has been one of the first names on the Everton team-sheet this season and has impressed with his passing ability and strength in the centre of the Toffees midfield.
The youngster also caught the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson, and was rewarded for his efforts with an international debut in last month's World Cup qualifier over Moldova.
It has been reported that despite the Merseyside-man having made only 22 league appearances for his club, Chelsea will try to lure the starlet to London with the offer of a lucrative salary ahead of next summer's World Cup finals.
With Barkley having two-and-a-half years left on his current Everton deal, it will take a substantial offer from Mourinho to persuade Roberto Martinez to part with his prize asset.
And with the Blues boating a wealth of talent in their midfield, Barkley may see the move down South as a risk ahead of England's task next summer in Brazil.
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