Chelsea have offered West Brom the chance to sign midfielder Ross Barkley in the later stages of the transfer window, according to a report.
The Blues spent only one new arrival during the summer. However, striker Romelu Lukaku cost Thomas Tuchel’s side £ 97.5million from Inter when he re-signed. As such, before and after, the focus was on making money back with player exits, both on loan and as part of standing deals.
Chelsea have enjoyed success on this front. They sold center-back Kurt Zouma to West Ham, while forward Tammy Abraham signed for José Mourinho’s Roma.
However, England international Barkley was a player who did not get away with it. The 27-year-old has slipped through the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and spent last season on loan at Aston Villa.
Although he has not completed another outing – whether permanent or temporary – The telegraph revealed Chelsea offered him a move to West Brom.
However, Barkley’s £ 110,000 weekly salary instantly dashed hopes for the deal.
The Baggies returned to the championship this season after relegation last season. As such, they couldn’t pay his salary.
Tuchel recently said of the player’s future: “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 is not easy to find clubs capable of investing.
“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.
Barkley has not been part of the squad for any of Chelsea’s Premier League games so far this season. In addition, the arrival of Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid reduces his chances of action.
Chelsea consider transfer target alternative
While Chelsea have brought in a midfielder and a striker, they have not found a new signing for their defense.
They targeted Seville’s Jules Kounde until the deadline, but the Spanish side moved the goalposts on a deal, which therefore fell apart.
Les Bleus could return for the French international in the January transfer window.
However, new reports have claimed that they are now eyeing an alternative Serie A target.