Allardyce went on to say, "The club was resigned before I got here that they were going to lose Ross".
The England global has less than six months left on his contract at Goodison Park and Tottenham was hoping to get him for free in the summer.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea's willingness to capture Barkley sparks Tottenham into life but Blues boss Conte is intent on strengthening his ranks, with a move for West Ham United forward Andy Carroll also under consideration.
The England midfielder, who have just six months left of his current Toffees deal though he's not featured for Everton all season, recently returned to training with the first team and has played in a behind closed doors friendly.
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