Chelsea have a lot of problems to solve this summer and not all of them can be fixed by drafting in a high-profile new recruit.
The Sun states England international Ross Barkley has grown frustrated at his lack of opportunities since moving across the Premier League from Everton, having earned just two league starts since his £15m transfer in January.
Barkley, capped 22 times by England, missed out on Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad as a result and is keen to force his way back into the reckoning for the Three Lions after the tournament in Russia draws to a close.
The 24-year-old has seen his chances of action hampered by a hamstring injury but he failed to truly win over Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge and will hope that opportunities under a new manager, most likely to be Maurizio Sarri, increase significantly.
However, with the Blues linked to a number of midfield recruits in the market, Barkley could find himself surplus to requirements.