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Chelsea transfer news: Blues don't have Ross Barkley first option clause

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Chelsea do not have a 'first refusal' agreement in place with Everton for young midfielder Ross Barkley, according to Toffees boss Roberto Martinez.

Chelsea have allowed winger Christian Atsu to join Everton on loan this season, a move which comes after they let Romelu Lukaku, who has now signed for the Merseyside club on a permanent basis, do the same last year.

It had been suggested that Chelsea had been able to insert a clause into Atsu's loan agreement that would give them chance to sign Barkley before any of their rivals were Everton to sell up, however Martinez has denied that is the case.

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"No, no there is nothing like that," he said when asked about the rumours. "Not at all. We have a good relationship and a professional relationship and I want to believe that Chelsea feel they can trust us in sending players out on loan. "I don't think that relationship goes any further.

Chelsea have been linked with Barkley for some time, as have Manchester United and Liverpool. Previous reports put the Everton youngster's fee in the region of £38 million - although he recently put pen to paper on a new deal so won't be on the move any time soon.

Chelsea transfer news

Chelsea have also been denied the chance to gain the upper hand over their rivals in the race to sign John Stones (The Express)

Jose Mourinho has admitted that either Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois could leave the club after their first game against Burnley (Daily Mail)

Chelsea want to complete a triple deal for Sami Khedira, Mehdi Benatia and Loic Remy (Metro)

Other

Jose Mourinho has admitted that his team are title contenders this season (BBC Sport)

Paul Scholes has tipped Chelsea or Manchester City to win the title this season (ESPN)

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