August 31, 2017 / 10:08 PM / a year ago

Soccer-Barkley 'pulled out of Chelsea move at last minute'

Aug 31 (Reuters) - Everton midfielder Ross Barkley dramatically pulled out of a move to Chelsea at the last minute, Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri said on Thursday.

“The two clubs agreed a deal of 35 million pounds, personal terms agreed, and after a medical we heard from Paul Martin, Ross Barkley’s agent, that he had changed his mind,” Moshiri said on Sky Sports minutes before Thursday’s transfer deadline. It was not immediately clear what led to Barkley’s about-turn, but Moshiri said: “He wants to reconsider his position in the January window.”

Barkley’s decision is a huge blow to Chelsea, who also missed out on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who joined Liverpool, and Swansea’s Fernando Llorente, who was poised to move to Spurs.

Barkley had been tipped for a move after turning down a new deal at Everton, who were originally seeking 50 million pounds.

The midfielder has not played this season after suffering a hamstring injury in training. (Reporting by Neil Robinson,; Editing by Neville Dalton)

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