In the modern world of football, the transfer season lasts year-round. While the literal transfers of players take place in the summer and winter windows, rumors, speculation and even concrete agreements can happen any time.
The latest reports in England and France suggest that Nice have signed former Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley.
The England international joined Chelsea from Everton for a fee in the region of 16.2 million euros in January 2018.
He finished the 2021/22 season with a tally of only one goal from 14 matches across all competitions.
Ross Barkley has left his mark at the international stage after netting 6 goals in 33 senior appearances for the England national team.
The former Everton man will offer the Nice boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections.
According to the report, “Ross Barkley has joined Nice just six days after leaving Chelsea by mutual consent. The midfielder’s arrival was announced minutes before Nice’s contest with Monaco at the Allianz Riviera, where Barkley was introduced to his new side’s supporters before kick-off. Barkley had previously been linked to Southampton, Rangers and Celtic before signing with the Ligue 1 side. Barkley made 100 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring 12 goals. Barkley’s best moment at the Blues came in his substitute appearance in the 4-1 Europa League final triumph over Arsenal in Baku in 2019.”
Euro Football Rumours
Good signing for Nice?
Ross Barkley stands as an excellent option for Nice.
A midfielder of Barkley’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Nice squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Lucien Favre’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his midfield department.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.