Arsenal rival Chelsea for £35m Premier League midfielder

Arsene Wenger has ruled out the possibility of adding other players to his Arsenal’s side this January, but the club may have started looking for possible signings for next season

Arsenal and Chelsea are keeping tabs on Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, according to reports.

The Daily Telegraph claims that the two clubs are monitoring the 23-year-old’s contract situation, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2018.

But Tottenham are also in the running for the England international and are ready to launch a January bid.

Last week, Everton boss Ronald Koeman admitted that he was unsure if Barkley would ever be capable of fulfilling his potential.

‘I am not sure, I am not sure,’ said the Dutchman.

‘I had the same stories in Holland with players who, when they were 16 or 17, they were too good in the academy. They didn’t really have competition but because they were stronger or they were a better player than the rest.

‘But then they step up a level and everyone is strong, everybody is a good player, and still you need to make a difference. And that is more difficult.’



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