Ross Barkley leaves Chelsea, Wesley Fofana to have medical and interest in Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha
Ross Barkley has left Chelsea by mutual consent, a year before his contract was set to expire. Barkley has struggled for match time since Thomas Tuchel joined the club at the start of 2021 and is now a free agent. Meanwhile, Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana will have a medical on Monday ahead of his move to Chelsea whilst the Blues have shown interest in Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha.
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Fofana was dropped from the team on Saturday when Leicester played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
"He won't be available for the weekend and has trained with the U23 squad,” said manager Brendan Rodgers.
"My concentration is on the players that we have, and the team. I can't lose energy. If something will be done, it will be done with the clubs. Until that happens we just have to work with what we have."
Wesley Fofana of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 13, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)
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Zaha to Chelsea?
Chelsea are also reportedly interested in Crystal Palace forward Wilfred Zaha, who has scored three goals this season.
Zaha has played most of his career at Palace, but has the chance to move to one of the Premier League’s top teams for the first time since his short spell at Manchester United in 2013.
Palace manager Patrick Vieira is expecting the 29-year-old to stay with the club.
“He’s been fantastic since I’ve been in the football club on and off the field,” said Vieira. “I think he’s taken responsibility, he’s a mature player, he’s working every single day to try to improve, and he’s been doing well for us.
“Last year when I came over there was a lot of speculation about him, and I think you’re always going to have this conversation in the window because of the quality of player he is, so we just have to deal with it.
“We started the season really well, he wanted to do really well and I see him every day in training. When the team is playing well obviously he is one of the talented players who is always going to shine.
“We are talking about how we want to play the game and how he can improve his goalscoring and do well for the squad and for the team. He is an important player on and off the field.
“I think you can see the love that the fans show him every week. He came through the system, he loves being at this football club, and there is no reason why that should change.”