Report: Chelsea player ‘open to move’ in January as PL rivals ‘monitor development’

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The winter transfer window opens in just over five weeks and Ross Barkley is one player who could be on the move. The 27-year-old has been short of playing time at Chelsea this season and could consider a switch from Stamford Bridge to get more first-team football.

The Daily Mail say Leeds United could provide an escape route for Barkley as they’re ‘monitoring developments’, but they don’t have the funds to make a permanent signing in January. Instead, the Whites could loan Barkley for the remainder of the campaign as he’d solve their issue in midfield.

Barkley joined Chelsea from Everton in 2018 and has gone on to make 94 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals with 11 assists. The England international was loaned out to Aston Villa last season as he was surplus to requirements in West London, but his stint in the Midlands didn’t go to plan.

Barkley returned to Cobham with an uncertain future and initially was on the bench for Champions League group games this season while being left out of the matchday squad for Premier League clashes. The 27-year-old has gone on to make 8/18 appearances across the board, amassing 238 minutes, so he’s still on the periphery under Thomas Tuchel.

Although Barkley has featured in three of Chelsea’s last four league games and two of their last four Champions League outings, the majority of his appearances are coming from the bench, so it’s unsurprising that he’s without a goal or assist so far.

The Daily Mail say the 27-year-old is ‘open to a move’ away from the Londoners, but it remains to be seen if Leeds are his next destination. Barkley will want regular Premier League football to boost his fledgling hopes of returning to the England national team, let alone to put himself in the shop window if his future at Chelsea is uncertain, so a loan move would benefit all parties.

Leeds might have added competition for Barkley’s signature as January looms.