Chelsea are ready to rival Manchester United for the signing of Everton starlet Ross Barkley with a £10million bid this summer, according to The Daily Mail.
The England Under-21 international has been tipped to be a Premier League star of the future, with his impressive performances leading to admiring glances from Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich.
Both the Blues and Red Devils are reportedly ready to make significant upgrades to their squads this summer, whether it will be Roberto di Matteo orchestrating the changes in west London remains to be seen.
Barkley made his full first team debut in the Toffees first Premier League game of the season and has only made nine appearances to date, but this was expected to be more were it not for serious injury.
Were one of Manchester United and Chelsea to bid successfully for the 18-year-old, it would not be the first time a prodigy had left Goodison Park early in their career – Wayne Rooney began his career under David Moyes and was the same age as Barkley when he moved to United in a £26million deal.
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