Report: Club may still enter race to sign 'fantastic' Chelsea midfielder, his sale will be considered

Aston Villa could reportedly be interested in trying to sign Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley.

According to the Daily Mail, Villa may be keen on re-signing Barkley after he previously spent time with them on loan in the 2020/21 season.

It is understood Chelsea are keen to consider allowing him to leave Stamford Bridge.

The report adds that Premier League rivals Everton are unlikely to pursue a deal for the 28-year-old, though.

This comes after claims that Everton are actually in talks right now in the race to sign the Blues player, but today’s report suggests nothing will come of that interest.

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Villa interested in Barkley

It’ll be interesting to see if Villa now throw their name into the hat for Barkley, who didn’t feature in either pre-season game against Udinese in the last 24 hours.

Described as “fantastic” by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel last year, Barkley is someone who appears to be at a crossroads in his career.

He made just 14 senior appearances last season after remaining in the Blues first team, so surely won’t want another year on the fringes.

The attacking midfielder had mixed success with three goals in 24 games in Aston Villa colours, but they’re under new management now in Premier League icon Steven Gerrard.

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England aspirations?

It would be interesting to know if Barkley still has dreams of breaking back into the England squad.

For now, he looks miles off it. Let’s not forget he’s someone with 33 senior Three Lions caps to his name, though.

He actually scored twice on his most recent England performance back in 2019, but he’ll have to have a dramatic turnaround to grab the attention of Gareth Southgate again.

His best chance may be finding a permanent home at a Premier League rival and get back to expressing his talent on the pitch.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.