Report: Chelsea still want to get rid of £15m player before next week's deadline, Todd Boehly considers option

Chelsea are reportedly considering offering their player Ross Barkley a pay-off to bring an end to his career at Stamford Bridge.

As it stands, the 28-year-old’s got one year remaining on his contract with the Blues and is on the fringes of Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

According to The Sun, Chelsea want to get rid of Barkley before next week’s transfer deadline day.

It is understood it would take a “huge” pay-off to get the midfielder to leave the club this summer, but co-owner Todd Boehly is considering it as a genuine option and is contemplating a possible offer.

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Ross Barkley pay-off

Hopefully, a club fancies a late move for Barkley and tries to buy him to solve Chelsea’s dilemma with him.

The attacking midfielder is clearly someway down the pecking order of Blues manager Tuchel, so it could make sense for all parties to find a solution where he moves in the next week.

It was reported earlier in the summer that Aston Villa were potentially interested in signing Barkley.

However, there’s been no concrete reports recently of any transfer activity for the Englishman.

The Sun’s report claims the final year of his deal at the Bridge could see him earn £200,000-a-week, which is an outrageous sum that can’t get in the match day squad right now.

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Signed for £15million in 2018, Barkley clearly hasn’t lived up to expectation in Chelsea colours.

He’s never become a key player for the Blues despite making 100 appearances for the club across all competitions.

He doesn’t belong in the category with the biggest flops in the club’s history, but there’s definitely a feeling he’s not reached anywhere near his true potential.

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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.