Leeds United started negotiations with €20m-rated Chelsea attacker

The battle could be brewing for the London giants playmaker Ross Barkley, who is finding it hard to get into the German manager’s side. Leeds United and Newcastle United have shown an interest in England international, who is reportedly free to leave in winter.

Ross, who joined the Blues in winter 2018 from Everton, could leave in the next winter window as he does not look to feature in the German manager’s plans. Thomas Tuchel did praise him for his starring cameo appearance off the bench with Southampton, which resulted in a Chelsea victory, although he looks back to bench duties.

There were reports of an imminent departure in the summer transfer window, wherein interested clubs were forced to rethink financial commitments. However, those teams could come back for another try in the winter window, as the 27-year-old playmaker looks eager to get regular playing time.

At 27, the English playmaker still has a long future at any club he plays for, while the likes of Leeds United and Newcastle United are queueing up to sign him. Barkley’s representatives have sounded out a deal to both sides, and it stays to be seen what kind of deal might come on the table.

Marcelo Bielsa was interested in the Englishman in the summer but ended up signing Daniel James from Man United. They might explore the chance of a loan deal for the playmaker, while the Blues might prefer to sell him permanently.