The Lowdown: Previous loan spell
Hailed by Harry Redknapp as a player who ‘has everything’, Barkley spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Villa Park. Reports even suggested that Villa paid an £11m loan fee for the 28-year-old, who went on to make 24 Premier League appearances in the Midlands.
He scored just three times and provided one assist under Dean Smith, although a move wasn’t made permanent despite the efforts from Christian Purslow. However, it looks as if the CEO will get another chance regarding the attacking midfielder.
The Latest: Villa linked with Barkley
According to The Mirror, Chelsea are looking to offload Barkley ahead of the new season.
The report states that the Blues have offered Villa and Everton the chance to sign the 28-year-old, who will be out of contract in just under 12 months’ time.
Barkley back at Villa?
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The Verdict: Avoid
Barkley didn’t exactly shine at Villa, and Steven Gerrard now has the likes of Emiliano Buendia and Philippe Coutinho at his disposal in an attacking midfield sense.
Villa could be better off looking to bring in and out-and-out central midfielder alongside a new senior forward instead of signing Barkley, despite Purslow being a big fan of the 28-year-old.
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