Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Ross Barkley from Chelsea.
That’s according to transfer insider Dean Jones, who has told Give Me Sport that the Magpies could move for Barkley as an alternative to James Maddison.
The Magpies have been trying to bring Maddison to St James’ Park, but appear to be struggling. Two bids have been rejected by Leicester, who want £60million for the 25-year-old.
Whether or not Newcastle return to the table with a third bid remains to be seen, as it is a lot of money to spend on just one player. In a summer where the Toon owners are trying to be careful not to overspend, it would be a surprise to see them offer more than £50million for Maddison.
Seeing the England international join Newcastle would be an absolute dream, but a deal still feels like a fantasy at the moment.
Leicester obviously don’t want to lose one of their top players, meaning Eddie Howe might have to look elsewhere. And Dean Jones suggests that eyes could turn to Stamford Bridge.
Newcastle have ‘some interest’ in Ross Barkley
Jones has told Give Me Sport that Barkley is another target Newcastle are looking at.
“I have heard there is some interest from Newcastle in Ross Barkley, so maybe that is one they turn to later on if the James Maddison offers do not work out,” he said.
“Nothing has developed yet but it seems like there are stumbling blocks with him going back to Everton.”
With all due respect to Barkley, going from Maddison to him would be seen as a real step down. Maddison is a player whose star has been rising and rising since his Premier League debut, while Barkley has been on the decline.
After playing for Aston Villa on loan during the COVID season, he returned to Chelsea last year but barely featured. He only made 14 appearances in all competitions.
It did look like he was going to re-sign for Everton this summer, but that no longer appears to be the case.
Everton return no longer on the cards
It was reported last week that the Toffees were in advanced talks to bring Barkley back to Goodison Park. 90min stated that the 28-year-old was keen on a return.
However, a Merseyside reunion seems to be off the table. The Mirror have reported that a move back to Everton is ruled out.
That could open the door for Newcastle to make a move, but should we be doing that? While he might have been a good signing in January shortly after the takeover, a lot has changed at St James’ Park since then.
Barkley is an incredibly gifted footballer who was once capable of magic moments, but it’s been a long time since we saw that player on a consistent basis.
Going from Maddison to Barkley wouldn’t send out the right message at all, and feels incredibly unlikely.