Chelsea contact Aston Villa, Everton about signing Barkley

Chelsea are desperate to offload Ross Barkley before the start of the season.

The English midfielder is entering the final year of his contract with Chelsea.

The Mirror reports that Barkley has been offered to Aston Villa and Everton.

Barkley came through the academy ranks at Everton and amassed 150 league appearances before joining Chelsea in 2018.

But the 28-year-old has struggled to become a regular at Stamford Bridge.

He spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Aston Villa.