Aston Villa supporters are thrilled with the signing of England international midfielder Ross Barkley from Chelsea.
The 26-year-old has been Villa’s top midfield target throughout the window and Chelsea have agreed to loan him out for the campaign.
Barkley was a regular in Chelsea’s starting XI last season but the summer signings of Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech have pushed him down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Barkley will now slot into Villa’s midfield alongside the likes of Douglas Luiz, John McGinn and captain Jack Grealish.
Dean Smith is delighted to have got his man and said: “Capturing a player of Ross’s quality is a real coup for our club and I am certain he will thrive here and improve our team.”
Here’s how Villa fans have reacted to the news…
@MattyGriffi: “I hope # COVID19 is over next year, can’t wait to travel Europe with AVFC in the Champions League.”
@MrThompson81: “Carlsberg don’t do transfer windows but if they did…”
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@Reece_AV: “Wow. What a signing that is, been crying out for a number eight. Surely an option to buy on that? Dare I say it the business this summer has been superb. Never managed to get consistent playing time at Chelsea but there’s a reason he’s an England international. Love it.”
@avfcjohnson: “Wow! Unreal signing. Onwards and upwards. Great ability and very creative. Midfield is looking good.”
Mark Drew: “Villa meaning business. You love to see it.”