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Southampton interested in signing free agent Ross Barkley

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Southampton leads the chase to get hold of free agent Ross Barkley after being fired from his £200,000-a-week contract at Chelsea with Ralph Hasenhuttl keen to sign a midfielder

  • Ross Barkley is a free agent after being fired from his contract by Chelsea
  • Southampton are keen to sign Barkley, who has 33 caps for England to his name
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to add a midfielder to his team and targets Barkley

Southampton are among clubs looking into a deal for Ross Barkley after the midfielder was released from Chelsea earlier this week.

The 28-year-old’s £200,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge was terminated by mutual consent, leaving him a free agent.

Southampton is interested in securing his signature, and Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to add a midfielder to his ranks.

Ross Barkley is a free agent after his Chelsea contract was canceled by mutual consent

Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to bring Barkley to Southampton to strengthen his midfield

Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to bring Barkley to Southampton to strengthen his midfield

Hasenhuttl’s need for a fresh face in the middle of the park may have become a priority after Romeo Lavia was injured in his side’s 2-1 win against Chelsea on Tuesday.

The Austrian manager’s initial assessment of Lavia’s injury was not positive, as he admitted he expects the teenager to be ruled out for a ‘long’ time.

The Saints can now turn to Barkley to cover Lavia if he’s sidelined for a long time.

Barkley could mate Romeo Lavia after being injured Tuesday night

Barkley could mate Romeo Lavia after being injured Tuesday night

Barkley has endured a rough patch in his career since he left Everton to join Chelsea in 2018.

He made just 100 appearances for the Blues during his four-year stay and only made six appearances in the Premier League last season.

The 33-cap international was loaned to Aston Villa for the 2020-21 season, but failed to impress enough to earn a permanent transfer.

He is now looking for a new club and Southampton could give him the chance to revive his career if they live up to their initial interest.

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