Everton eye up sensational reunion with former star Ross Barkley with Rafa Benitez desperate to bolster his injury-hit squad in January window
- Everton are considering a loan swoop for Chelsea star Ross Barkley
- Barkley, 28, developed at Goodison Park before moving to west London in 2018
- Rafa Benitez is desperate for January additions with his squad hit by injuries
Ross Barkley could make a sensational return to Goodison Park next month with Everton interested in the Chelsea star.
Barkley, 28, left Merseyside for west London four years ago for £15million, but injuries and a lack of game time has hampered the England international’s progress with the Blues.
Barkley is among a number of January loan targets for Toffees boss Rafa Benitez, who is desperate to bolster his injury-ravaged squad for the latter half of the campaign.
Ross Barkley could make a sensational return to Everton from Chelsea in January
Barkley, 28, came through the Toffees’ academy before leaving Goodison Park for west London
Everton are in the midst of an injury crisis with the likes of Richarlison, Andros Townsend, Yerry Mina and Tom Davies all sidelined, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is nearing a return.
A move for Barkley may be possible if Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel deems that he has enough players at his disposal to handle his side’s busy fixture schedule.
Barkley was loaned to Aston Villa last season and impressed alongside Jack Grealish, and a return to Everton will certainly raise eyebrows with the 28-year-old one of the club’s greatest academy products in recent years.
Everton boss Rafa Benitez is desperate to bolster his injury-ravaged squad in January
He has started only one Premier League game this season – at Turf Moor for Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Burnley – and has featured in a handful of EFL Cup games and one Champions League tiel.
Benitez, while bogged down by injuries, has limited financial flexibility to sign players permanently due to FFP restrictions, meaning loan signings are most likely for the Toffees next month.
The Spaniard is eyeing new additions in attacking midfield, as well as new full back options with Ben Godfrey currently playing at left back amid rumours of a rift with Lucas Digne.