Everton fans fear ‘worst transfer window of all time’ after Ross Barkley update

Everton fans are fearing they could be in line for the "worst transfer window of all time" after Ross Barkley was linked to the club.

The England international came up through the ranks at Goodison Park, becoming a sensation as a youngster. However, after a series of injuries and poor form, the early shine in his career dulled.

Nevertheless, Barkley still earned a transfer to Chelsea in January 2018 in a deal worth around £15million. Despite his big move to a top-six club, his form hardly improved and he has never been anything more than a squad player at Stamford Bridge.

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But after making just six Premier League appearances last season for the Blues, it is clear he does,'t fit into Thomas Tuchel's plans. A transfer away would likely suit all parties but finding a suitor has proved difficult.

That is until this week with reports suggesting Everton could swoop in and save Barkley's career while offering him a return to his hometown. The midfielder didn't leave on the best of terms but recently unarchived the Instagram posts of his time on Merseyside, hinting he could be on his way back.

However, any transfer might not go down well with blues fans – many of whom have yet to forgive the 28-year-old for his past antics – while not everyone believes he would be good enough to improve the team. One fan said: "We might be cooking up the worst transfer window of all time."

So far this summer Everton have sold their star forward and top scorer Richarlison to Tottenham for £50m. Since then manager Frank Lampard has recruited former Burnley centre back James Tarkowski on a free transfer and Sporting fullback Ruben Vinagre – formerly at Wolves – on a season-long loan. Today the Toffees have been linked with a £20m move for Burnley winger Dwight McNeil and a surprise move to bring another former player, Idrissa Gana Gueye, back from Paris Saint-Germain.

Returning to Barkley, a second supporter warned: "Oh my days the fume will be off the scale of he comes back." A third said: "Nooooo stay away." A fourth fan said: "He'll have to do a hell of a lot to redeem his past actions. I'm sure he knows that though so let's see."

If Barkley was to return to Everton, it would give Lampard another chance to work with the midfield star having coached him at Chelsea. It was perhaps under the Blues legend when the Englishman had his best spell at the club.


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