A tringle of Premier League teams are reportedly lining up a move for Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley in the next transfer window.
According to 90min, Newcastle United, Leeds United and Burnley will battle it out for Barkley’s signature in January.
Bye-bye to Barkley?
The 27-year-old is still very much on the edge of Thomas Tuchel’s squad, despite his admittedly minor contributions in the past few matches.
He has made just three appearances this season, which is perhaps more than many expected going into the campaign.
Chelsea attempted to offload Barkley in the summer but failed to find a suitable buyer.
His previous loan spell at Aston Villa may have put off potential punters, not to mention casting doubts over his Stamford Bridge career.
Yet, it seems the Evertonian will be handed a lifeline after the New Year, as a trio of top-flight vultures circle his signature.
Rumblings for Ross
Newcastle’s new owners are set to make a major statement in terms of recruiting players.
Armed with a financial war chest, the Saudi-Arabian bosses can offer individuals a healthy pay package if they set sail for St James’ Park.
Although, the Magpies’ current league position is certainly not a selling point for possible recruits.
Burnley and Leeds do not have the same economic backing as Newcastle, however their standing in the table is equally concerning.
Sean Dyche, Steve Bruce and Marcelo Bielsa’s men make up the bottom four places, alongside Norwich City.
Would Barkley really sacrifice the warmth of Chelsea’s high-on-the-hill mansion for the frozen wastelands of a relegation battle?
The initial feeling is probably not.
Yet, the pull of more game time might just be enough for the Blues outcast.
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