Leeds monitoring Chelsea star Ross Barkley ahead of January window

Leeds United are showing an interest in Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports.

Ross Barkley’s Chelsea stint

Ross Barkley would join Chelsea in January of 2019 from Everton.

At the time, Barkley was still a very promising talent who had impressed with the Toffees over the previous several years.

However, since his move to Stamford Bridge, Barkley has never really been able to hold down a regular starting spot.

This would lead to Barkley being shipped out on loan to Aston Villa for the 2020/21 campaign.

The midfielder featured 27 times for the Villans, scoring four and assisting one along the way.

Barkley has since returned to Chelsea were he has been used sporadically by Thomas Tuchel.

Barkley has made eight appearances across all competitions this term, but he has notched just 238 minutes of action in those games.

Leeds eyeing Ross Barkley

And, with competition very fierce in the attacking spots at Chelsea as well as the fact both Billy Gilmour and Conor Gallagher will return to the club next year, there does not appear to be too much room for Barkley.

Couple this with the 27-year-old having just over 18 months to run on his current contract and it would likely make sense for Chelsea to try and cash in on Barkley as soon as possible.

And now, it appears as though Leeds United would be interested in signing Barkley in the upcoming January window.

As per the Daily Mail:

Leeds United are monitoring developments with Ross Barkley at Chelsea ahead of a possible January move.

The report adds that Leeds are not looking to spend much in January, but could explore what loans are available with a midfielder among their targeted positions.

And, with Barkley on a short contract and a fringe star, you would assume he would not set Leeds back too much in terms of a transfer fee.

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