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Sam Allardyce admits he’s powerless to stop Chelsea target Ross Barkley leaving

Ross Barkley is closing in on a return from injury (Getty)

Everton manager Sam Allardyce concedes that Ross Barkley could be sold to Chelsea in January and there’s little he could do about it.

Barkley came close to leaving the Toffees in the summer but an injury saw the midfielder opt to remain at Goodison Park.

With the January window approaching and the player nearing a return to action, speculation over Barkley’s future is increasing.