Ross Barkley is closing in on a move to Chelsea from Everton.
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said the 24-year-old is near to completing a move to Stamford Bridge, but would not confirm the deal.
Conte said: “If there is news, the club will inform you. This is the right way.”
Conte was prepared to discuss Barkley’s qualities, though.
“We are talking about an English player, a young player. He has good prospects for Chelsea. I think the club decided for this investment also for his contract.
“I think this is a good opportunity for the club to buy this player. For sure he is a good prospect for Chelsea. But I repeat: for news, the club will inform you.”
England midfielder Barkley is out of contract at Goodison Park at the end of this season, after rejecting a new deal with the Toffees.
A move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day in August did not materialise, but Barkley is now set to join for a cut-price fee, reported to be in the region of £15million.
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