While players turn down transfers all the time for a number of reasons, it was the manner in which Barkley pulled out of a move to London that was so strange as he reportedly decided not to complete the deal in the middle of his Chelsea medical.
The England midfielder had looked certain to leave Everton this summer but will now remain a Toffee after the late U-turn about his future after he had also been linked with a move to Spurs.
To make matters even more peculiar, Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri took the unusual action of phoning into Sky Sports News to explain the situation.
Moshiri told Sky Sports: “The clubs agreed a deal for £35m and personal terms were agreed. After the medical we heard from Paul Martin, Ross Barkley’s agent that he changed his mind.
“He wanted to reconsider his position during the January window, that is the latest we have been advised.
“He is currently injured, I think technically he will be with us because he is with us for another year. So I think it is a big surprise, but that is football.”
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