Leeds United have ambitions to sign a midfielder who Chelsea want to release in January.
Crazybola.com – Marcelo Bielsa’s club intends to borrow the midfielder, Ross Barkley, when the winter transfer window opens.
Revealed The Daily Express, as reported The Sport Review, Leeds are currently under pressure to improve their form in the second half of the 2021/22 season after struggling again in their second season in the Premier League.
Bielsa has urged Leeds United transfer director, Victor Orta, to move quickly to grab Barkley and secure his loan contract from Chelsea, before being snatched by another club. The reason, according to rumors that developed, this player is also interested in Burnley and the newly rich English club, Newcastle United.
The former Everton playmaker is indeed open to a move on loan, in order to get a chance to play in the first squad after he was not too interested in German coach Thomas Tuchel.
Leeds also have limited funds in the January transfer window. So by borrowing Barkley, Bielsa hopes the West Yorkshire club can still maintain the balance of the budget they have.
The Leeds United target has made eight appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season. However, the 27-year-old has only played twice in Premier League matches.
The England international star had to struggle extra in establishing himself into the Blues’ core squad, since he arrived from Everton on a free transfer in 2017. He has lost to several other quality midfielders in the Blues squad, such as Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Barkley has scored 11 goals in 94 games he has played with the Blues over the last five seasons, in which he was loaned out to Aston Villa last season.
It was previously reported that Chelsea would prefer to sell Ross Barkley rather than loan him out, although Leeds United remain likely to negotiate a move from Stamford Bridge.
Added Sportsmole, Chelsea are ready to sell Barkley at the beginning of this year at a fairly cheap price, where interested clubs only need to spend 14 million Pounds Sterling or the equivalent of Rp 266 billion.