Report: Chelsea now tell Frank Lampard he can have their £100k-a-week player this summer

Everton have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Chelsea fringe man Ross Barkley during this summer transfer window.

According to The Mirror, Chelsea are trying to offload Barkley before the new 2022/23 season starts.

The 28-year-old, who’s currently on the Blues pre-season trip of the United States, has just one year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

The Mirror explains Everton, along with Aston Villa, have been offered the opportunity to sign the English midfielder.

Incidentally, it was claimed earlier in the window that Barkley is one of the individuals on Chelsea’s books that is open to leaving the club.

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Everton offered Ross Barkley

Frank Lampard’s Everton are looking to strengthen their squad after narrowly avoiding Premier League relegation last season, but it would be a controversial move re-signing Barkley.

The attacking midfielder didn’t leave Goodison Park on the best of terms with supporters back in 2018, so would they welcome him back?

Meanwhile, the Englishman had a season-long loan spell with Aston Villa which had mixed success during the 2020/21 campaign.

With Chelsea attempting to get the £100,000-a-week player off their books, it’ll be interesting to see if any Premier League rivals are willing to take a punt on him.

Unfortunately, he’s never managed to live up to expectation in West London.

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Everton boss Lampard previously coached Barkley when he was Chelsea manager, as well as even play alongside him in his playing career.

However, can he slot him into the Everton line-up next season?

Described as a “big player” by Lampard back in 2020, Barkley is a star that on his day is capable of impacting Premier League games regularly. He needs someone to take another chance on him now, though.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.