Everton manager, Sam Allardyce has confirmed that midfielder Ross Barkley is free to leave the club in January after huge interest from Chelsea last summer (via Sky Sports).

If things had gone differently in the summer then he would already be at Stamford Bridge but it may not be too long for that to happen.

Chelsea and Everton agreed on a £35 million fee for the midfielder, Ross Barkley in the summer, only for the 23-year-old to change his mind at the final hour.

Now, Everton boss, Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the midfielder is free to leave the club in January with Barkley’s contract set to expire in the summer.

It’s a difficult one,” said Allardyce. “I haven’t had the opportunity yet to find out the true or the whole, scenario and say, ‘Where does it lie?’ and then make a decision one way or the other.

“I’m not in control of that in too many ways. If someone comes in during January and says ‘here you go’, and the club say ‘look, if he’s not going to sign for us, this has to be the case’, then I accept that.

“If Ross stays and stays until the end of the season, and I feel he is giving 100 percent to the team like he has done since he was a kid, then he is an available asset until he leaves on a free transfer,” he said.

“I would hate that to happen, but it might do.”

It’s a strange story for all parties. Ross Barkley is reportedly refusing to sign a new deal at Everton and also turned down a move to the Blues in the summer. He’d be a decent squad player but he needs to decide if he wants to be a Chelsea player or not.