The lowdown: Hoops make offer
The Hoops have been extensively linked with a move for Barkley in recent weeks and a report from Football Insider claimed that the Scottish champions have ‘submitted an offer’ to make a loan deal happen.
However, as things stand the 28-year-old England international remains on the periphery of matters at Chelsea as West Ham consider a move and Everton also eye up their former academy graduate.
Now, one well-informed onlooker has shed some light on the current situation surrounding Barkley and a possible move to Parkhead…
The latest: ‘Sticking point is…’
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Jones – a journalist for Eurosport – claims that the Bhoys are struggling to land the 33-cap star due to the wages involved, though his agent is hard at work behind the scenes.
He said: “I think this is a move that suits all parties, but the big sticking point is whether Celtic can find a way to pay his wages.
“I think if it can get done, it will, because his agent has been working to find him a new club because they know he’s got no future at Chelsea.”
The verdict: Expensive outlay
Currently earning a reported £96,000 per week at Chelsea, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Celtic Park hierarchy are reluctant to go near that sum for the Liverpool-born ace given their own top earner, Callum McGregor, earns £30,000 a week at present (Salary Sport).
That said, out of favour in London, Barkley could be willing to drastically reduce his demands in order to play regular football once again, particularly with former England teammate Joe Hart already in situ and with UEFA Champions League football on offer in Glasgow.
Boasting a mammoth 209 Premier League appearances in a career that has seen the attacking midfielder lift the UEFA Europa League, FIFA Club World Cup and the FA Cup, adding the marauding Englishman to Ange Postecoglou’s ranks would be a superb acquisition if the issues over wages can be overcome.
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