By Mark Smith

19th Apr, 2022 | 4:10pm

Ross Barkley is 'dead cert' to leave Chelsea in summer, Leeds United could make move - report

Leeds United could pull off a bargain move for Chelsea playmaker Ross Barkley in the summer, according to 90min.

The Whites have been linked with the England international over the past year and could make their move again.

Barkley is described as a “dead-cert” to leave Stamford Bridge as he enters the final year of his deal with Chelsea.

Graeme Bailey and Krishan Davis reported on the 90min website that the England international is set to move on.

“Having been given an opportunity earlier in the season, Ross Barkley has barely featured in 2022 after a January loan failed to materialise,” they wrote.

“The former Everton man’s contract expires in 2023 and he seems a dead cert for a cut-price summer sale.”

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No chance.

This is certainly one of those deals you have to avoid at all costs.

Victor Orta will have a list of players that he has taken through numerous transfer windows without action, and Barkley could be on there.

That is irrelevant though, and he is not fit enough, or maybe even good enough anymore to make a real difference at Elland Road.

RB Salzburg playmaker Brenden Aaronson has some of the best running stats in Europe, and with the Whites hopeful of wrapping up a deal for him, this doesn’t matter.

Barkley isn’t a player who is going to run himself into the ground for the good of the team, and Jesse Marsch needs those options.

The inverted winger style that he has requires his front four to be constantly running and pressuring the opposition, Barkley won’t do that.

We haven’t even mentioned the huge wages it would likely take to get this one over the line – it is time to forget about this one.

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani has broken his silence on Twitter sharing when he will leave the club