Report: Newcastle interested in Chelsea 27-year-old who Lampard dubbed a 'big player'
Newcastle United would potentially consider making a move for Ross Barkley if Chelsea allows him to go out on loan again next season.
According to The Athletic, Barkley is amongst a list of players Newcastle are keeping a close eye on ahead of the summer transfer window.
Fellow Blues loanee Conor Gallagher is also said to be under inspection.
They are possibly looking to replace the void left by Joe Willock, who enjoyed an excellent spell with the Toon on loan from Arsenal.
Barkley himself had been sent away by his parent club Chelsea to link up with Aston Villa for the term.
Frank Lampard allowed him to leave last September, not long after he said the midfielder could be ‘a big player for this club (Chelsea).’
After a bright start to life away from Stamford Bridge, the 27-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in November and never quite recovered.
His time at Villa ended with five goals and one assist in 27 appearances.
The former England international is now slightly in the dark over where he will be playing his football next year.
Thomas Tuchel will assemble a lot of new faces ahead of the 2021/22 campaign. Only a select few will make the cut for his squad.
Currently, it doesn’t seem like Barkley has a place in Chelsea’s current ensemble.
But a strong pre-season could put him in Tuchel’s good books.
Failing that, there seems to be plenty of teams willing to snap up his services.