Newcastle United will not sign Ross Barkley in the upcoming summer transfer window, Noel Whelan has claimed to Football Insider.
As per the outlet, the ex-Leeds United man thinks that the Tyneside club will face an uphill battle to sign the central midfielder player from Premier League rivals Chelsea this summer.
The Telegraph reported that Rafael Benitez is interested in returning to St. James’ Park if the prospective takeover by the Saudi-led consortium in the North East is completed and wants Barkley and John Stones to join him.
Football Insider, though, revealed that the 26-year old is happy and settled in London and is confident of establishing himself as a key man in Frank Lampard’s Blues side.
Moreover, Whelan claimed that the Stamford Bridge legend will want to keep hold of Barkley as CFC look to challenge for silverware next season:
“Frank will want to keep as many players as possible.
“Ross is at a very good age and his best is still to come so it is difficult.
“If Frank let him go he would only do it if he felt that he had younger and better players at the club. You would not let go of a Ross Barkley, who has already played a lot of football this season, without knowing you have got that backup there.
“When you look at the most successful clubs in Premier League history, they have had a core of British players. It is important and it is right to do that.
“They cannot saturate the club with foreign players.”
Indeed, Barkley has made 20 appearances in all competitions in this campaign so far, scoring three goals and making four assists, according to Transfermarkt.
He has also established himself on a senior international level, playing in 33 games and netting six times for England (via the website).
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With fellow Englishmen such as Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi also at Chelsea’s disposal, countryman Lampard may want to give these players more time on the pitch for next term, thus somebody like Barkley may not be for sale.
Nevertheless, if the would-be owners fancy him, they would certainly have the money at least, but whether the Blues would sell him is another question.
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