Chelsea are preparing a bid for Everton ace Ross Barkley despite being snubbed in the summer
Chelsea is 14 points behind in the title race and their manager Antonio Conte has accepted defeat in the quest to retain the Premier League title. The Blues, however, still remain alive in the cup competitions. Chelsea will be facing Spanish giants Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16. Consequently, they are looking buff up their squad in the upcoming transfer window.
Ross Barkley has been identified as a target by the west London side. The Englishman famously snubbed a move to the Stamford Bridge on the deadline day of the summer transfer window. He preferred a move to Tottenham where he believed that he would be getting much more game time. Tottenham, however, did not make a concrete move due to Barkley’s injury. The 24-year-old’s hamstring injury has kept him out since the beginning of the season.
The Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino remains interested. “We are focused on trying to bring more English players through the academy,” said Pochettino last week. “If we don’t have this profile we will try to take advantage of the English market and add more English players here.” As per latest reports, Tottenham still remains front runners for Barkley’s signature.
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Barkley’s contract expires at the end of the season and can sign a pre-contract deal with an overseas in just three week’s time. Chelsea is looking to convince him to move to the Stamford Bridge instead. Antonio Conte’s formation shift this season will be more suitable Barkley’s style of play. The Italian has played with a five-man midfield in the big matches; something which would allow Barkley to play his natural game.
Ross Barkley has fallen off the public eye because of his injury. The Everton contract rebel was very much considered among the best talents England has ever produced. He was close to cementing his part in the national squad before his hamstring injury. The summer transfer window was eventful for the 24-year-old to say the least.
A move to Chelsea would help him reinvigorate his career. Given how Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko have underperformed since their arrival, Barkley would need to do little to ensure a starting berth in Chelsea’s team.