The midfielder has spent the past year on loan at Aston Villa, where he had a mixed season.
Barkley got off to a wonderful start at Villa Park, linking up brilliantly with Jack Grealish. He even scored in the 7-2 drubbing of Liverpool back in October 2020.
However, a hamstring injury before Christmas derailed his season.
By the time the England squad was announced, there wasn’t even a whisper of Barkley being included.
Now the 27-year-old will return to Chelsea, where it is unlikely he will stay.
Goal have reported that Barkley is one of multiple returning loanees who the Blues want to sell.
But will that be music to Newcastle and Steve Bruce’s ears?
Will Newcastle want Ross Barkley permanently?
The Athletic claimed last month that the Magpies could be interested in Barkley if Chelsea make him available for loan again.
However, Goal claim that Chelsea want to sell. That’s no surprise, as it’s clear that he has no future at Stamford Bridge.
Even with Thomas Tuchel taking over, it’s unlikely that Barkley will get a fresh start. Chelsea already have too many midfield options even before he returns.
Newcastle’s interest in Barkley may depend on what happens with Joe Willock.
If Newcastle only want to sign Barkley on loan, then they might to wait until the end of the window. Chelsea will surely try as hard as possible to move him on permanently.
But if it gets to deadline day and Barkley is still at Stamford Bridge, perhaps they’ll consider a loan deal.