New claims of Newcastle United interested in signing Ross Barkley – Report
Ross Barkley is now a target for Newcastle United ahead of the 2021/22 season kicking off.
A pressurised situation with Mike Ashley so far not allowing the club to make a single signing, despite only 20 days to the first match against West Ham, whilst today also is the 48th day of the transfer window.
The Athletic reporting that Ross Barkley could end up being Newcastle’s first signing of this summer window, though it would almost certainly be on loan if it did happen.
Newcastle United have been linked regularly with Ross Barkley, going back to at least 2017.
Whilst with Everton, Barkley took a great liking to playing Newcastle, scoring five of his first sixteen Premier League goals against NUFC.
Like so many who join Chelsea, Ross Barkley has found himself messed about.
A regular starter at Everton, in the final two seasons he played for the scousers, Ross Barkley started 70 Premier League games (and two sub appearances) and was directly involved in 29 PL goals, scoring 13 and getting 16 assists.
Since moving to Chelsea for £15m three and a half years ago, the attacking midfielder has started only 28 Premier League games (22 sub appearances).
Last season, Ross Barkley was on loan at Aston Villa and scored three PL goals and got one assist in 24 PL appearances (18 starts and six sub appearances).
Set to turn 28 in December, Barkley is risking seeing his career slip away, he has now disappeared from the England picture and clearly needs a new club and starting point.
When on loan at Villa last season, the point was made by a number of journalists that Steve Bruce would have liked to have signed Ross Barkley on loan but Mike Ashley would never have agreed to either the sizeable loan fee or the wages that would have been higher than any other NUFC player.
Ross Barkley clearly has far better goal involvement figures than any current Newcastle attacking midfielder, although that isn’t saying much.
Whether there is any serious interest from Newcastle United remains to be seen, though it would appear to be that for any potential loan deal to happen, either Chelsea would need to lower their loan fee demands and also possibly subsidise his wages if coming to NUFC, or else Mike Ashley accept how desperate the need is for more creativity and goals and allow Newcastle to compete for more expensive loan deals than is usually the case, or a bit of both.
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