Ross Barkley joined Chelsea for £15m on a 5 and a half year deal in in 2018 after 13 years at Everton.
There is extremely limited information around this rumour, other than the attacking midfielders odds have moved sharply in Villa’s favour in the last 3 days:
Barkley represents an interesting link, particularly as Villa continue to look to strengthen ahead of a vital second season in the top flight.
Whilst Smith appears to have assembled a decent spine, the evidence as witnessed against Burton, was that beyond Dean Smith’s first team, it’s slim pickings in the event we sustain injuries or incur suspensions.
The 26 year old midfielder would also fit the bill for Villa’s stated ambition to recruit players within this age range and whom have prior Premier League experience. However, neither Matty Cash nor Ollie Watkins have been purchased with either.
The club might also be able to leverage John Terry’s ongoing connection at Stamford Bridge, with the prospect of acquring Barkley (if only on loan) also becoming more plausible following a massive summer slurge from Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
It’s an interesting rumour, certainly one to be considered with caution, but stranger things have happened.
In terms of midfield alternatives: Villa remain in advanced negotiations for Bertrand Traore who awaits the outcome of a work permit, whilst the saga continues in the clubs ongoing pursuit of Milot Rashica.
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