Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, with the Englishman falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge.
The Lowdown: Barkley out of favour
The 27-year-old spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, but since returning, he has struggled to impress Blues manager Thomas Tuchel.
Barkley has played just seven minutes of Premier League action this season and hasn’t made a single start in any competition to date.
The Latest: Leeds eye up move
Burnley and Newcastle United are also credited with showing an interest in the 33-time capped England international, who wants to leave Chelsea.
The Magpies may be one to watch with their new found riches, especially as Callum Wilson hailed Barkley as ‘unbelievable’ and ‘unreal’ earlier this year.
The Verdict: Risky
Barkley has outstanding natural ability – he has ‘magic’, according to Clinton Morrison – but he has never reached his potential as a player, enjoying promising runs of form but ultimately never making the grade at Chelsea.
He could be a superb signing for Leeds, bringing drive and unpredictability in midfield areas, but Bielsa would have a tough job getting consistently strong performances out of him if his recent form is anything to go by.
Given the price the Blues would likely want for what is an English talent entering his prime at 27, we believe this is one the Whites should avoid.
In other news, Gary Neville has mocked Leeds for one key reason. Read more here.
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