Ross Barkley has been selected in Everton’s Europa League squad for the coming season after deciding to stay at the club – but what does that mean for Chelsea’s hopes of signing him in January?
The 23-year-old England international is currently out with a hamstring injury – which is expected to keep him benched until November – and was the subject of plenty of transfer deadline day drama as Everton refused to sell him to Spurs, while the Blues came in with a late £35m bid that was accepted by the club but their advances were rejected by the player.
The Everton star will have just six months of his contract remaining when the next transfer window comes around and the Toffees will not want to lose him for free in the summer.
However, were he to end up playing in the Europa League, how would that affect his chances of playing for Spurs in the Champions League knockout stages if he did make the move in January and Tottenham get out of their tough group?
The answer is that he would not be cup-tied for the Champions League – unless Spurs were sign another player who had already played Europa League football, then a decision would have to be made.
Champions League squads can be updated again before 1 February, ahead of the Round of 16.
According to the UEFA website: “Players may have played in qualifying for the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League, but only one of them can have played in the UEFA Europa League group stage. Players cannot represent two clubs in the UEFA Champions League from the group stage onwards.”
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