This summer’s transfer deadline day had the potential to be one of the most dramatic ever.
The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk, Alexis Sanchez and Thomas Lemar were all heavily linked with moves on the final day of the window.
All four of those players remained at their clubs, though, whether they liked it or not.
Instead, it was the failed transfer of Ross Barkley that was probably the biggest story of the day.
It was reported that Barkley had travelled to Chelsea and was halfway through his medical before pulling out of the deal. Even Everton chairman and owner Farhad Moshiri confirmed that was the case on Sky Sports News.
Barkley responds to failed Chelsea move
However, Barkley has responded to those reports with two tweets denying the claims.
“Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point,” he wrote.
“I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit.”
So, who’s telling the truth?
Well, neither it seems.
Joey Barton's revelation
That’s because a certain Joey Barton has just revealed what he’s been told about the whole situation - and it’s rather interesting.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on Monday morning, Barton said: "I heard a really interesting thing about what happened with the Ross Barkley transfer. Conte turned his phone off and Barkley's representatives were trying to contact him.
"He wanted to say 'look, where am I going to play', and Conte turned his phone off. That is why Barkley got cold feet and never signed.
"He thought, 'well, if the manager isn't answering the phone to me he clearly doesn’t want me', and that is why he went back to Everton."
So, Barkley didn’t sign for Chelsea because Conte decided he would turn his phone off on deadline day?
The Italian boss clearly wasn’t too keen to sign the midfielder if he refused to speak to him.
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