No talks yet over Barkley’s future – Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has insisted that Chelsea have not yet discussed a potential move for Ross Barkley.

The midfielder is well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and there has been speculation about his future for some time.

Reports have recently claimed that Leeds or Barkley’s former club Everton could sign him on loan during this month’s transfer window.

“We haven’t discussed it yet,” Tuchel said.

“It depends on what Ross wants and what possibilities there are and what possibilities and what makes sense. So let’s see.”

Tuchel confirmed that Chelsea are looking to enter the transfer market.

Injuries and Covid-19 cases have hampered the Blues this season and they are expected to bring in reinforcements while the window is open.

Head coach Tuchel said: “We are discussing – we are in talks with the staff and the board and the scouting, checking the possibilities.

“We always do that, but given the fact that we have some long-term injuries we’re looking into the market and looking into the possibilities.

“We’re not under the highest pressure, and things have to make sense for us personality-wise and position-wise and also for quality.”

The left wing-back position is a definite concern for Chelsea in light of Ben Chilwell missing the rest of the season with a long-term knee injury.

Talks have taken place with Lyon with a view to bringing Emerson Palmieri back from a season-long loan, but the French club are reluctant to part with him.

“I will not hide from the fact that we have a long-term injury with Ben Chilwell as our left wing-back, who will miss the whole season,” Tuchel said when asked whether Emerson might return.

“Of course we know and appreciate him (Emerson) as a player and as a person. He had such a huge influence although he did not have a lot of minutes last season.

“He is a top guy and a top professional and is still a Chelsea player.

“But it’s not only what I wish for – it’s also that we need to evaluate the situation.

“We’re looking into it, on this position, and that’s one of the options.”