Celtic told why move for unwanted Premier League midfielder will ‘suit all parties’

Ross Barkley trying to evade Tom Cleverley

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have been told that a move for Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is one that will ‘suit all parties’.

Ange Postecoglou has so far added seven players to his squad for the 2022/23 campaign, but the Australian is still said to be after one more – with Barkley the main name in the frame.

Football Insider reports that the Bhoys have already ‘submitted an offer’ for the attacking midfielder.

They claim that Celtic want to bring in the 28-year-old on a season-long loan, with Barkley currently in the final year of his contract in west London.

The former Everton man is free to move on after starting just one league game last season. Indeed, that was one of only 14 appearances in all competitions for Barkley under Thomas Tuchel.

And according to transfer insider Dean Jones, Barkley is a good fit for both parties.

He does claim, however, that he is unsure if Celtic will be able to afford his £120,000 per-week wages. Bhoys skipper Callum McGregor is the club’s current top earner on £30,000-per-week.

Jones told givemesport: “I think this is a move that suits all parties. But the big sticking point is whether Celtic can find a way to pay his wages.

“I think if it can get done, it will, because his agent has been working to find him a new club because they know he’s got no future at Chelsea.”

Barkley still more to give

Despite his lack of playing time in recent years, Barkley still comes with a decent pedigree.

He has played more than 200 times in the Premier League, with 60 goal involvements. Barkley has also won 33 England caps.

If Celtic fail to do a deal this summer, they could look into one in 2023 when Barkley will be a free transfer.

The main issue there, however, that a number of Premier League teams could also move for the player.

Brighton, Newcastle, West Ham, Everton and Aston Villa are all potential destinations.

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