Ross Barkley is heavily expected to move clubs this summer, but should Arsenal be making an effort to sign him?
The England international has been told by Everton that he can leave the club, having refused to sign an extension to his contract, with only 12 months remaining on his deal. The Blues are claimed to be in want of £50 Million for his signature, but will likely be forced to lower their asking price as the window draws closer to it’s end.
Barkley is currently ruled out of action for up to a month, with him expected to be fit to return just over a week before the transfer window slams shut on August 31, but with a lack of pre-season action he may take time to build-up match fitness.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been credited with an interest in his signature, and we are the latest team to be thrown into the speculative hat as a possible destination.
We are currently overwhelmed with options in the middle of the park, but do have a few average players that could be improved on, as well as having the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez currently into the final season of their contracts.
Barkley has shown he has the talent to play in a top side in my opinion, and I think Arsene Wenger would get a great tune out of the 23 year-old, and he could possibly become a worthy replacement for Santi Cazorla given some time.
I know those are big boots to fill, and there isn’t many players on the planet who we believe is ready to take over from Santi, but we need someone who could potentially do it, and I see Barkley as a player who can find some amazing balls and dictate play on a good day, and maybe (just maybe) Arsene Wenger could get a consistent tune out of him.
Is Barkley good enough for Arsenal? Could Wenger turn him into a superstar?