Chelsea keen on England starlet

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Chelsea are being linked with a move for highly-rated Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

The 19-year-old, who won his first cap for England in a World Cup qualifier against Moldova at Wembley last Friday, has been earning rave reviews at Goodison Park this season after a goal on the opening day against Norwich.

Two impressive performances followed against West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City, leading to international recognition from Roy Hodgson and an appearance off the bench in a 4-0 victory.

His form has led to speculation over a move away from Merseyside however, with reports in The Daily Mail claiming Chelsea will send a senior scout to watch their match against the Toffees this weekend, with the sole purpose to keep an eye on Barkley.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho revealed in his press conference yesterday that he made an enquiry over a young English player - not Wayne Rooney - during the summer transfer window. However, 'the special one' was rebuffed in his efforts.

Whilst he didn't confirm that Barkley was his target, the suggestion is that it could have been the talented teenager.

"I like a young player, a young English player. The market is closed but I asked a question to position myself to see where he was. We are speaking about a very young player but his price was like he has 50 caps when he had none," Mourinho told the media.

"The price for English players is very high, the market is very difficult."

Whether the player in question was or wasn't Barkley, he certainly won't come to Stamford Bridge on the cheap, with the paper reporting that a fee would need to be in excess of £20million.

The paper also goes on to claim the Chelsea already have 'numerous detailed reports' on the youngster, as they look to bring talented young Englishman to west London. And, they'll get a closer look today (Saturday) when the two sides meet in the late Premier League kick-off.

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