Chelsea staff undergo medical to assess mental state ahead of £15m Barkley move

Chelsea’s recruitment and coaching staff are set to undergo a medical to assess their collective mental state this afternoon ahead of the completion of Ross Barkley’s £15 million move from Everton.

The England midfielder was expected to complete his move to the capital this morning, but this has since been delayed due to a request by Chelsea’s medical team to fully assess the mental capabilities of the club’s scouting department.

Speaking today, Chelsea’s chief medical officer, Rosamund Taylor, revealed that while this sort of medical is not a regular occurrence, it is not unheard of when questionable deals such as this take place.

“We’re not suggesting anything about the mental state of the Chelsea scouting department – far from it – and this medical is merely to rule out any possible issues. We would be remiss to allow the transfer of Ross to go through without ensuring that our staff is of sound mind. We’re simply doing our jobs,” said Taylor, adding that the medical team were prompted to hold such tests due to a number of anomalies in the scouting department’s assessment of Barkley.

“The transfer was all set to go through, but then we noticed a minor issue with the decision-making of our scouting team. Specifically, they appear to have looked at Barkley’s statistics and overall game and deduced that he would actually add to our team’s quality. This may simply be a glitch in our test results or evidence of seriously impaired judgement, but either way we must investigate the issue further.”