As reported by the Express, Barkley was in the process of completing his medical at the London club, before changing his mind and opting to remain at his current side.
Chelsea fans, already disappointed with a frustrating summer of transfer inactivity, took to social media to voice their anger.
I need to stop getting so invested in wanting players to join, honestly feel sick. I’ve been a huge fan of Barkley for years, gutted
— CFC Éire (@CFC_Eire) August 31, 2017