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Chelsea midfielder became a desirable commodity on the market

According to journalist Simon Phillips, Aston Villa are interested in re-signing Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley this summer, but will face stiff competition

Steven Gerrard has strengthened his squad ahead of the 2022/2023 season, but with the market open until September 1, there is still time to complete additional deals.

Ross Barkley has been unpopular under Thomas Tuchel, and he is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. Everton manager Frank Lampard is interested in Barkley, but Newcastle has also been linked with him.

Barkley now earns £100,000 per week in west London, but he only appeared in six Premier League games under Tuchel last season.

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The midfielder was on loan at Villa Park for the 2020/2021 season, but Dean Smith refused to buy him outright. However, Simon Phillips revealed that Villa are considering re-signing him this summer, despite competition from a number of clubs.

According to Phillips: “Ross Barkley has a slew of other clubs interested in him right now, so it’s not just Everton. He has contracts with Brighton, Newcastle, West Ham, Aston Villa, and Celtic. So there’s plenty of options.”

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If Barkley had joined Chelsea on the same salary, only Philippe Coutinho would have made more, with Danny Ings and Lucas Digne both earning £100,000 per week.

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In light of the foregoing, the media has confirmed that the Blues are urgently looking for ways to strengthen their attack. According to talkSPORT (via The Hard Tackle), the Stamford Bridge team is currently considering recruiting Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, who has less than a year left on his contract.

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Notably, the source confirmed that the former Manchester United player wishes to join a major club. So he’s all set to leave Palace for Chelsea. Given that Zaha’s contract with Palace is about to expire, it is expected that the Blues will only have to pay a nominal fee to bring him in.

Zaha has played over 350 games for Palace in all competitions and is widely regarded as the club’s most important player. Arsenal had planned to sign Zaha in the summer of 2019, but backed out when Palace demanded more than £80 million.

 

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