Newcastle in pole position to sign €20m-rated Chelsea midfielder

Chelsea and Newcastle United are in negotiations over the permanent transfer of playmaker Ross Barkley. England international has failed to deliver on the promise he showed as a teenager at Goodison Park, mainly due to continued struggles with injury.

After a solid start to his Aston Villa loan last season, Barkley lost his race with fitness and subsequently his place in Dean Smith’s starting line-up. While Ross doesn’t appear to have a future at Chelsea, the midfielder seems ready to be provided with the opportunity to continue competing in the PL.

The Blues and Magpies have held positive negotiations over a permanent move for the 27-year-old midfielder to Newcastle United. That’d be a good chance for the English midfielder to prove he can still cut it at this level. The Magpies supporters could be forgiven for being anxious that a move for Ross means they won’t be getting Joe Willock re-signed this transfer window.

Joe Willock was instrumental for Newcastle United in the second half of the last campaign. Time will tell whether they’ll be successful in getting both. With preseason in full swing and the first match only three weeks away, that should be a cause for urgency, though they also have to contend with some financial limitations in the Magpies’ case. As manager Steve Bruce explained recently, the loan market will be essential for them. Neither Conor Gallagher nor Ross Barkley are likely to remain at Stamford Bridge for the campaign, though we’d probably prefer a transfer for the latter at this point. Conor has realistic first-team prospects in the long run with four years still left on his deal; the much older Ross Barkley has only two, and he didn’t exactly impress consistently enough at Aston Villa last year to engender much interest.