Leeds United are among the sides interested in signing Ross Barkley from Chelsea, 90 Mins report.
Barkley to Leeds?
Leeds have struggled this term, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side not looking as menacing going forward as they did last term.
Part of the reason for that is due to the fact that they have suffered with injuries to key players, including Patrick Bamford.
But another key factor has been Leeds’ lack of creative options in midfield.
Bielsa’s men have been linked with adding a playmaker for some time, but they have failed to do so since their promotion to the Premier League.
Barkley, who has made a total of 227 Premier League appearances, is now believed to be on the Whites’ radar, and Chelsea apparently won’t stand in his way if a bid comes in.
Barkley actually featured for Chelsea recently, but Thomas Tuchel is still apparently open to selling the former England international.
The search for consistency
If he was to join Leeds, the success of the move would likely depend on how consistently Bielsa could get the best from the 27-year-old.
Barkley is wonderfully gifted with the ball at his feet, and has been hailed by Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson before.
He said on the Super Six podcast, after going away with England: “Training with him he’s unreal!
“I didn’t realise he would’ve gone on loan from Chelsea otherwise I’d have said to the manager you’ve got to bring him up here, he’s unbelievable!”
Barkley’s ability with the ball at his feet has never really been in doubt.
Even when he was playing for Leeds as a youngster in 2012 he showed flashes of quality.
However, his career has rather stalled in recent times, and even a loan spell at Aston Villa last term wasn’t a roaring success.
He would arrive at Leeds as a key player though, and that increased responsibility could give Barkley the chance to thrive, if the Whites could pull off the transfer.