Aston Villa’s move to secure the signature of Ross Barkley on loan this summer came from completely out of the blue. The Chelsea star was suddenly in an Aston Villa kit looking forward to a chance to play regular football again having dropped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
He has since showcased his undoubted natural ability and created a good bond with the likes of John McGinn and Jack Grealish as Dean Smith’s side enjoy an impressive start to the new season.
A recent report from Premier League Central suggested Smith is keen on a permanent deal for the player, although no buying option has been included for the end of the loan deal.
Now, it seems Aston Villa might have an upward struggle on their hands if they do decide to try and bring Barkley in permanently come the end of the season.
Eurosport is claiming that Chelsea have not given up on Barkley having a long-term future at the club and that boss Frank Lampard has even been in touch with the midfield maestro to express his appreciation at Barkley’s form.
His decent performances at Villa Park have Chelsea believing he might in fact have a long-term future with the club.
Aston Villa know that securing Barkley permanently in the summer could be an expensive endeavour. But knowing that Chelsea are now considering him as part of their plans again any transfer fee will only be growing by the day.