Chelsea have signed Ross Barkley from Everton and the English International has put pen on paper to a new five-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

If reports are to be believed then Chelsea are planning to offload Ruben Loftus-Cheek during the January transfer window after the acquisition of Ross Barkley.

Loftus-Cheek is currently out on loan to Crystal Palace and the English International has been a very valuable asset to Roy Hodgson and his team. Loftus-Cheek along with Wilfried Zaha have been one of the main reasons why Palace are currently sitting pretty in the middle of the Premier League table.

But with Ross Barkley joining Chelsea, Loftus-Cheek’s prospects of playing in the Chelsea first team have diminished further.

Hodgson said: “He’s a player we’d like to have at our club, there’s no doubt about that.

“Ruben’s a player we like very much. We’re very impressed with him, delighted with the way he’s developed as a player during the time he’s been here. I’m pretty sure that if he’s ever available for sale, we would certainly be in there with our hand up as one of the potential buyers.

“It could well be that Chelsea would like to have both Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek on their team. I wouldn’t mind both in my team, anyway.

“I didn’t know until this morning that Ross Barkley is possibly signing for Chelsea.”

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