Ross Barkley transfer latest: Villa to sign dynamic middleman

A Ross Barkley transfer away from Luton Town looks highly likely in this summer's transfer window given their confirmed relegation from the Premier League down to the Championship.

According to renowned football journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Aston Villa are in advanced talks to sign Barkley, and negotiations are progressing. Barkley himself is thought to be keen on a potential move to Villa Park, and Unai Emery reportedly really likes him and thinks that he could be a smart signing.

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Emery is thought to be a fan of Barkley – Darren Staples / Sportimage – Photo by Icon Sport

Ross Barkley transfer: Should the ‘big six' swoop in?

Barkley has the potential to be a very smart signing for Villa, especially if they can land him under the noses of some of the so-called ‘big six' clubs. Indeed, he was one of Luton's most impressive performers in the Premier League, managing to score five goals and making a further four assists from the middle of the park in 32 appearances, ranking inside the top three of the Hatters' squad in each metric.

Barkley also averaged more shots and dribbles (2.1) per league game than any other Luton player, and also averaged the most passes (44) per match. His form has even seen talks among fans and former players of a potential return to the England set-up under Gareth Southgate ahead of Euro 2024 in Germany, but he was not picked in the provisional 33-man squad.

Barkley was one of precious few Luton players who can emerge with much credit from 2023/24 – Photo by Icon Sport

Nonetheless, a rejuvenated Barkley would be an asset for any team, and the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur should seriously consider hijacking the deal from under Villa's noses and help them sort out their own midfield woes.

Indeed, the likes of Casemiro have been criticised for some of his performances in a Man Utd shirt this season, while James Maddison fell out of favour in the latter stages of the campaign under Ange Postecoglou, dropping to the bench, and so Barkley could prove to be a valuable squad member.

However, it looks like Villa will get their man, who knows the club very well already having enjoyed a loan spell there in the Midlands in 2020/21, when he was signed to Chelsea. Given that the 30-year-old would be signing from the Championship too, he would certainly not break the bank.

Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.