Eden17Hazard17 12 months ago Chelsea FC 149 3924 Many sources are agreeing that Ross Barkley has declined a contract, and asked for a new challenge, to which Koeman has accepted, saying that Barkley will leave 100% this summer. I know that we have added to central midfield this season, but I've always rated Barkley really highly and would love to see him at Chelsea. Helps us with our home grown quota, and I see no reason why he can't be a key player. His strength and physicality is a huge asset, he's talented on the ball, and can score and assist. He can also play as a holding midfielder and is still only 23. I feel like our youth will never quite get the chance they deserve, so paying a bit for a youngster from another club, generally forces the manager to give them game time. I would be content with the sale of Chalobah, and even the possibility of selling a couple of youngsters like RLC/Baker/MVG/Pasalic if we sign Barkley. Arsenal and Tottenham are also showing strong interest. I have a feeling that Pochettinho will lure him to Spurs and he will be unstoppable there, but Barkley will most likely have to play CDM for Tottenham, and I don't know if he prefers that over CM. If Conte does play a 3-5-2, Barkley will definitely get game time (especially if we sell Matic), coming in for Fabregas/Bakayoko, assuming Conte plays the Kante - Fabregas (higher up) - Bakayoko trio in midfield. Barkley (84) created more chances last season than Silva (82), Sigurdsson (80), Sanchez (78), Firmino (77), Payet (74), Tadic (66) and Coutinho (65). Only Hazard (89), Ozil (100), De Bruyne (103) and Eriksen (112), had more last season. Most chances created by U23 players last season:🇬🇧 = Ross Barkley🇫🇷 = Thomas Lemar🇩🇪 = Ousmane Dembélé🇮🇹 = Suso🇪🇸 = Andreas Pereira pic.twitter.com/Z8QwmmX7N4— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 24, 2017 And here's a nice highlight package Thanks for the memories @RBarkley20 🔵 pic.twitter.com/RvqOm79qpB— The People's Club (@EFCPeoplesClub) July 27, 2017 Thoughts?