By Danny Wright

Chelsea have joined Tottenham in the race to sign Everton attacker Ross Barkley in the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Mirror claims that Chelsea are ready to go on a big-money spending spree in January to revitalise their hopes of maintaining a challenge for the Premier League title.

The Blues tried to sign attacking midfielder Barkley, 23, in the summer transfer window but it is now understood that the Toffees are likely to want the England international to be sold in January rather than risk letting him leave for free next summer when his contract expires.

The report says that Chelsea are facing “major competition” from Spurs, which will spark a big-money auction for the Goodison Park contract rebel.

Midfield wizard Barkley, who is known for his brilliant technical attributes, has not played a single game this season due to injury but seems like he could be snapped up by one of London’s Champions League clubs if Everton’s next permanent manager doesn’t convince him to sign a new deal.

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Football Insider Verdict

Do Tottenham really need Barkley? Chelsea do without doubt as their midfield has been lacking a distinct bit of flair in behind their attacking forces of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata. Spurs have Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli who both do similar jobs to Barkley, so if they player had a choice between the two, Stamford Bridge may be the preferred option. It shouldn’t cost a lot of money to pry him away from Everton in January with his contract nearing his end, but with the Toffees without a manager, a new face could come in and persuade him to stay. Goodison fans might not want that to happen though with it just a matter of time before he leaves.

In other Tottenham news, Thomas Sorensen has explained how Eriksen has struggled at Spurs.

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