Celtic have already loved a busy summer season of recruitment at Parkhead, with supervisor Ange Posteoglou overseeing eight main incomings to this point, with extra additions doubtlessly on the way in which earlier than the window is out.
One man who may nicely be the subsequent arrival in Glasgow is Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, with studies earlier this month suggesting that the Previous Agency giants had made an “supply” to signal the 28-year-old earlier than deadline day.
The 33-cap England worldwide has solely just lately come to the tip of what had been a irritating spell at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues having moved to rip up his current contract with a 12 months nonetheless left to run on the deal.
The previous Everton man – who arrived in west London on a £15m deal again in 2018 – has struggled to safe a daily position at his now former membership, making 100 appearances in all competitions during the last 4 and a half years.
Regardless of falling out of favour for each membership and nation – for whom he has not featured since October 2019 – the £96k-per-week playmaker nonetheless affords undoubted “high quality” – within the phrases of Thomas Tuchel – with a transfer to Scotland doubtlessly set to be the kickstart that he must his floundering profession.
Very similar to with the case of kind Three Lions teammate Joe Hart, Barkley may nicely spark an actual turnaround in fortunes by becoming a member of Postecoglou’s aspect, with time firmly on his aspect to recuperate his kind.
As soon as in contrast to the likes of Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney, the £10.8m-rated ace had beforehand sparkled throughout his time at Goodison Park, chipping in with 55 purpose contributions in 179 video games throughout all competitions for the Toffees.
Ought to Celtic make a transfer to signal Barkley?
The dynamic gem may nicely thrive as that hyperlink between the midfield and assault for the Scottish champions, taking over the position that’s at present occupied by the extremely sought, Matt O’Riley.
The Denmark U21 worldwide – who joined from MK Dons again in January on a £1.5m deal – is reportedly the topic of curiosity from a number of elite golf equipment throughout Europe, with Manchester United mentioned to be a kind of who’re watching the 21-year-old intently.
The London-born starlet has additionally just lately admitted that there’s curiosity in his signature at current, albeit with Celtic more likely to demand a payment of round £20m if he’s to be moved on earlier than deadline day.
The 6 foot 2 teenager has caught the attention in his transient time in Glasgow to this point, scoring 4 targets and offering 5 assists in simply 25 video games in all competitions for the membership, together with three assists in simply 5 video games within the new season.
In Barkley – who can also be 6 foot 2 – the membership may nicely discover a really perfect match to switch his coveted star, together with his arrival set to greater than soften the blow of O’Riley’s potential exit.
Whereas they might must fend off bitter rivals Rangers to be able to land his signature, it may nicely show to be one other Postecoglou switch masterstroke, notably with the participant now obtainable on a free switch.