Chelsea and Everton’s burgeoning special relationship could see hot prospect Ross Barkley move to Stamford Bridge but Manchester United could step in to snap up right back Seamus Coleman
Chelsea and Everton have enjoyed a cordial relationship in the recent past with the Toffees benefiting from loan moves of Romelu Lukaku and Christian Atsu, with the former deal subsequently being made permanent. While the relationship has been mutually beneficial thus far Everton fans could be forgiven for being skeptical of any such arrangement with a mega money club.
Now their misgivings appear to be well founded as Jose Mourinho might just snatch the club’s most prized asset, Ross Barkley. Roberto Martinez has a fight on his hands to hang to 20-year-old, who is one of the most exciting young English talents to emerge in many years.
The Express reports that Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini had a £35 million bid knocked back by the Goodison Park outfit who value the youngster at £50 million. While City are desperately in need of English players to beef up their home grown contingent and are not known for austerity, the Chilean seems reluctant to part with this much cash for the youngster.
This could leave the field clear for the Special One to move in, and he may be able to leverage this special relationship to negotiate a better price than that which was offered to the Citizens boss
Chelsea’s pursuit of another Everton player, Seamus Coleman, could prove more challenging for the Blues boss however. Manchester United probably have the inside line on this one as they could use the unwanted Marouane Fellaini as a makeweight in the deal according to The Guardian.
The Belgian proved to be a disastrous buy for the Red Devils, who failed to make any impact since sacked boss David Moyes snatched him from his former club Everton for a not insignificant £27.5 million fee. The possibility is that Roberto Martinez might be happy to welcome the misfit midfielder back to Goodison Park as part of favorable deal that would see Coleman move in the opposite direction. Mourinho is also keen on the Irishman but doesn’t have the bait to close the deal.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.