Barkley leaves Chelsea medical, but may move in January

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One of the wildest stories of transfer deadline day doesn’t have to do with a player rushing to get to a ground in time for a medical, or a team offering a crazy figure to land a surprise player.

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Nope, the top eyebrow raiser today comes from the cold feet of Ross Barkley, cold because he hasn’t played in some time due to injury and colder on account of this:

Sky Sports reports that Chelsea and Everton agreed on a $39 million deal for the 23-year-old Barkley, and the player headed to Cobham for a medical.

However:

“The midfielder travelled to London and began his medical, but Sky Sports News understands he changed his mind and is expected to return to Everton. Wow!”

Wow, indeed. Did the boyhood Toffee change his mind about leaving home, or just not like the feel of Cobham? Could Barkley be realizing that the grass isn’t always greener?

Well, perhaps it’s nothing like that. Barkley is out for 2-3 months, and could be had on a free in several months’ time. That wouldn’t make any friends at Everton.

Here’s The Telegraph’s Matt Law: