Date: 28th July 2017 at 6:33am
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As the arguments continue over the use of ‘the kids’ in the Chelsea academy. It’s being reported that Antonio Conte is looking to add some ‘British steel’ to the Blues line-up for the coming season.

In a summer that has seen Ruben Loftus-Cheek go out on loan to Crystal Palace, Tammy Abraham be sent to Swansea and Nathaniel Chalobah be sold to Watford. The Daily Mail are running an article claiming Everton’s Ross Barkley and Arsenal`s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are on Conte’s British wish-list.

Given Chelsea`s recent transfer dealings (or lack of) with the Merseyside club, this deal looks like a total non-starter. Ronald Koeman at Everton has said Barkley wants to leave, but Everton, as ever, want an unrealistic figure for the player. In this case it`s thought to be in the region of £50m

Oxlade-Chamberlain on the other hand, only has a year left on his contract with the Gunners, and is so far not looking to extend that contract. As is Arsene Wenger’s want, he’s saying the player won’t be leaving the football club.

It looks as though Barkley and ‘the Ox’, as the Arsenal man`s known, will be added to the growing list of players likely to leave their respective clubs in a flurry of transfer activity on 31st August just before the current window shuts.

Also mooted in the same Mail piece is another Everton youngster, Tom Davies. Again, this seems to just be more transfer tittle-tattle. The player has only just penned a 5 year deal with Everton and whilst he’s shown great promise, is it really anymore than Loftus-Cheek could do, were he to be given the opportunity.

There in a nutshell, is why Chelsea’s academy system is so flawed.

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