Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley was interested in West Brom on deadline day
According to the telegraph (subscription required) [h/t Daily Mail], Chelsea failed in their efforts to get rid of Ross Barkley this summer. The midfielder was linked with a move to West Brom on deadline day. However, the player’s vast salary demands were not met by the Baggies who saw the player stranded in the Chelsea squad.
The former Everton star fell in the hierarchy at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel who prefers to rely on N’Golo Kante & Jorginho in midfield. The England midfielder, however, was offered the opportunity to join West Brom to fulfill his desire to play football on a regular basis. But the player £ 110,000 a request for a week’s salary was denied by the Baggies.
The 27-year-old midfielder ace was also loaned to Aston Villa last season, where the player only scored 3 goals in 24 matches for the Premier League team. This move to Villa did not help his case secure regular playing time at Chelsea and since the start of the season the player has not been in the Premier League game since matchday one.
Chelsea have a midfield trio consisting of Jorginho, Kante and Mateo Kovacic. The Blues have also added more beef to their ranks by adding Saul Niguez this summer on a loan deal from Atletico Madrid. Ross Barkley will struggle to get any playing time with such options that the Chelsea manager can choose from.
The Chelsea boss was also frustrated that the player didn’t have the shot he wanted this summer, he said:
“He tried to leave on loan, to find a club, but it’s not easy. The situation there, the financial impact of the crown on clubs abroad and clubs also inside the country is enormous.
“It’s hard to see people struggling and struggling with the situation. But the quality Ross brings to the pitch could help a lot of clubs in Europe.
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Ross Barkley is hoping to secure a few opportunities at the club under Thomas Tuchel’s leadership until he finds a suitor at a club open to his demands. By then Ross Barkley should be at Stamford Bridge.