Everton’s transfer business so far this summer has done little to reassure fans that they won’t find themselves in another relegation battle next season.
One man who was touted with a potential return to Goodison Park was Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, with the Englishman seemingly surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after a hugely disappointing spell in west London.
A recent report by Football Insider suggested that Everton have been offered the chance to re-sign Barkley on a loan deal, nearly five years after he left the Toffees for Stamford Bridge in a £15m deal.
However, journalist Pete O’Rourke has now suggested that Frank Lampard’s side aren’t pursuing a deal for the 28-year-old, as he told GIVEMESPORT: “Everton definitely entertained bringing Barkley back at one point, but I think they know there’d be a massive fan backlash against that.
“At the moment, the only people pushing that are Chelsea because it’s clear that Barkley has no future there and they’re listening to offers. I think that is why the link has resurfaced but I don’t think Everton, right now, will make a serious move for Ross Barkley.”
Although Barkley was a fan favourite during his spell on Merseyside, contributing 27 goals and 28 assists in 179 appearances for the club, there was a lot of anger caused in the way he left for Chelsea in 2018.
His performances since then have been far from impressive, as he has managed just 12 goals and 11 assists in 99 appearances for the Blues, while last season saw him make just 14 appearances in all competitions.
He is clearly not the player he once was and bringing him back on loan would not be a signal of intent that supporters want to see from the board ahead of the new season.
Therefore, fans will be happy to hear that he won’t be returning this summer and will be hoping to see better, permanent options brought in.