Aston Villa signed Ross Barkley on a one-season loan from Chelsea.
The England international becomes Villa de la Window’s fifth signing, following the arrivals of Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traoré, Emiliano Martinez and Matty Cash.
After securing Barkley’s signature, Villa head coach Dean Smith said on the club’s website: “Capturing a player of Ross’s quality is a real blow to our club and I am sure it s ‘will thrive here and improve our team. “
Barkley was part of the Chelsea squad that left the Carabao Cup on penalties at Tottenham on Tuesday night, although he was not taken off the bench by Frank Lampard.
He made 31 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea last season, but struggled to maintain a regular starting spot amid competition from Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Chelsea’s signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen during this window was likely to make it even more difficult for Barkley to secure consistent playing time at Stamford Bridge.
Villa has had a strong start to the season, winning all four of their games so far, and the arrival of Barkley will strengthen a midfielder who already possesses the talents of Jack Grealish, John McGinn and Conor Hourihane.
The club were also interested in loaning out Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek – who has been left out of the Blues’ last four sides.
However, Villa are unable to sign the 24-year-old as Premier League clubs are only allowed to sign one player on loan to each other at any time.
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