Chelsea ‘failed in attempt to sell Ross Barkley to West Brom on deadline day’, with the Baggies unable to afford the midfielder’s £110,000-a-week salary
- Ross Barkley has struggled to discover his best form for Chelsea in recent years
- The Blues reportedly tried to sell him to West Brom but his salary caused an issue
- Boss Thomas Tuchel admitted it was ‘not easy’ to find the midfielder a new club
Chelsea outcast Ross Barkley had the chance to join West Bromwich Albion on deadline day but his eye-watering salary doused any hopes of leaving Stamford Bridge, according to reports.
The former Everton star has been frozen out of Thomas Tuchel’s squad and hasn’t played a minute of Premier League action in any of the club’s opening three games, and the midfielder is desperate for regular minutes.
Chelsea tried to sell Barkley to the Baggies earlier this month, as reported by the Telegraph – with the England international clearly not in Tuchel’s plans – but the deal quickly fell apart when the Championship baulked at his £110,000-a-week wages.
Chelsea failed to sell out of favour Ross Barkley to West Brom on deadline day, reports claim
The 27-year-old had already spent a year on loan with Aston Villa last season – but he didn’t set the world alight at Villa Park – not making a big enough impression to earn himself a starting spot back at Chelsea this season. He played 24 times for Dean Smith’s men, scoring three and assisting one.
He’s played 86 times since joining from boyhood side Everton for £15million in 2017, scoring 11 times – featuring most prominently in 2018-19, where he played 48 times and scored five.
But now his future at Chelsea looks bleak to say the least – with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante the preferred starters in midfield, while Tuchel also has Mateo Kovacic ahead of him while signing Saul Niguez from Atletico.
Barkley, who spent last season on loan with Aston Villa, earns £110,000 a week and that proved too much for Championship Baggies
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insists Barkley would be a great signing for many teams
Tuchel said he was frustrated he could not find a new club for Barkley and insisted he would be a great signing for many teams.
‘He tried to go on loan again, to find a club, but it is not easy,’ he said. ‘The situation out there, the financial impact from corona to clubs abroad and clubs also within the country is huge. It’s not easy to find clubs who are able to invest.
‘It’s hard to see people struggling and struggling with the situation. But the quality that Ross brings to the pitch could help a lot of clubs in Europe.’
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