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Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Ross Barkley and Christian Benteke

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist INovember 8, 2017

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Ross Barkley of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

Chelsea will reportedly renew their interest in Ross Barkley when the transfer window reopens in January and are also said to be keen on Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke.

The Blues are willing to spend big this winter with Everton expected to sell Barkley, as the midfielder is out of contract in the summer and therefore able to walk away for free, per John Cross at the Mirror.

Barkley is yet to feature for the Toffees this season due to a hamstring injury, although the supporters have not forgotten about him, according to the Liverpool Echo's Adam Jones:

Adam Jones @Adam_Jones94

Away end very loudly singing for Ross Barkley there... #EFC

Caretaker manager David Unsworth has said "he would love" the midfielder to stay at Goodison Park, per Neil Jones at the Liverpool Echo.

Chelsea saw technical director Michael Emenalo leave on Monday, amid growing tensions with manager Antonio Conte over the club's transfer activity last summer, per Sami Mokbel for the Daily Mail.

Barkley has denied he underwent a medical with Chelsea over the summer and said he would decide his future in January, via Twitter:

Ross Barkley @RBarkley20

Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point.

Ross Barkley @RBarkley20

I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit

With his contract expiring, Everton are unlikely to reject a large bid for Barkley in January, making him an attainable target for Chelsea.

The Blues are also interested in strengthening their attack and want a quality back-up to Alvaro Morata, with Benteke a player that Conte likes, per Cross.

The Italian has not been convinced by Michy Batshuayi, even though he has seven goals in all competitions for the Blues this season, per BBC Sport.

Benteke, meanwhile, is yet to open his account in the Premier League this season and has been wasteful in front of goal, as shown by WhoScored.com:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

@tobi_acee Christian Benteke has missed the most clear-cut goalscoring chances in the Premier League this season, with 6

While Morata has proven a strong signing, with eight goals already for Chelsea, the departure of Diego Costa does leave the Blues short in attack, particularly if Conte does not trust Batshuayi.

Benteke would certainly provide power and presence up front, but his is not a signing that will excite fans, particularly after he failed to impress at Liverpool.

The striker joined the club in 2015 in a big-money move but lasted a little over a year before being sold to Crystal Palace in August 2016.

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