Southampton interested in signing free agent Ross Barkley

Southampton are leading the chase to snap up free agent Ross Barkley after he was released from his £200,000-a-week contract at Chelsea with Ralph Hasenhuttl keen to sign a midfielder

  • Ross Barkley is a free agent after being released from his contract by Chelsea 
  • Southampton are keen on signing Barkley, who has 33 England caps to his name
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to add a midfielder to his squad and is targeting Barkley 

Southampton are among the clubs exploring a deal for Ross Barkley after the midfielder was released by Chelsea earlier this week.

The 28-year-old’s £200,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge was cancelled by mutual consent, leaving him as a free agent.

Southampton are interested in securing his signature, with Ralph Hasenhuttl keen to add a midfielder to his ranks.

Ross Barkley is a free agent after his Chelsea contract was cancelled by mutual consent

Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to bring Barkley to Southampton to strengthen his midfield

Hasenhuttl’s need for a fresh face in the middle of the park may have become a priority after Romeo Lavia went off injured in his side’s 2-1 win against Chelsea on Tuesday.

The Austrian manager’s initial assessment of Lavia’s injury was not a positive one, as he admitted that he expects the teenager to be ruled out for a ‘long’ time.

The Saints could now turn to Barkley to cover for Lavia if he is sidelined for a significant length of time. 

Barkley could provide cover for Romeo Lavia after he went off injured on Tuesday night

Barkley has endured a difficult period in his career since leaving Everton to join Chelsea in 2018.

He made just 100 appearances for the Blues during his four-year stay, and he featured only six times in the Premier League last term.

The 33-cap international was sent out on loan to Aston Villa for the 2020-21 season, but failed to make enough of an impact to earn himself a permanent move.

He is now looking for a new club, and Southampton could give him an opportunity to resurrect his career if they follow through on their initial interest. 

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