Chelsea are reportedly still considering Ross Barkley’s future, even after his mini-renaissance under Thomas Tuchel.
This is according to TEAMtalk, who claim the Blues might still look to ship on Barkley in the next transfer window.
The 27-year-old has been teetering on the edge of a move away from Stamford Bridge arguably since his loan spell with Aston Villa last season.
Ross in ruins
There was large speculation whether he would be loaned out or sold over the summer.
Burnley apparently showed an interest in the former England international but did not follow through on their suggested actions.
Barkley remained a blue, yet uncertainties surrounding his career path stayed put.
He had initially not been given a shirt number for the current campaign, as his number eight jersey was given to Mateo Kovacic.
Eventually, the midfielder was handed the number 18 shirt, presenting a very dim light at the end of the tunnel.
It became clear Barkley’s role within the squad would be that of a backup, highlight by the fact he didn’t feature until the eighth game of the term.
Barkley is back
However, as the days ticked by, the £15m (BBC) signing from Everton gradually began to creep back into the team.
He played a significant part in the 3-1 win over Southampton and enjoyed some decent cameo rolls in the subsequent matches off the bench.
Last weekend, Barkley started his first league fixture for Chelsea since 2019.
Ironically, it came against Burnley, the club who wanted to land him earlier this year.
After the 1-1 draw with the Clarets, Tuchel praised his player, saying: “If you watched him in training, you’d see that he deserved to start.”
But regardless of Barkley’s revival, his employers are seemingly still unsure what to do with him in the long term.
TEAMtalk say that Newcastle United are ahead of the queue to recruit the man from Merseyside, with Leeds United and Everton not too far behind.
Newcastle, with the backing of their new owners, could quite easily afford Barkley’s £110,000-a-week (Daily Mail) wages.