Ross Barkley’s wages are expected to be a “big sticking point” for Celtic as they try to snap up the Chelsea midfielder, according to Dean Jones.
The former Eurosport reporter does, however, believe a compromise is likely to be reached as Barkley is deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge:
“I think this is a move that suits all parties, but the big sticking point is whether Celtic can find a way to pay his wages. I think if it can get done, it will, because his agent has been working to find him a new club because they know he’s got no future at Chelsea.”
It should be noted that Football.Scotland‘s Mark Hendry has refuted reports of Celtic’s interest in Barkley more than once, but a number of other journalists insist the Scottish champions are looking to sign the 28-year-old on a permanent basis.,
Whatever the truth, though, Jones is right to point out the salary problem. Barkley is earning six figures a week with Chelsea, and he would have to accept a significant reduction if he were to agree a move to Scotland.
Joe Hart made a similar sacrifice, though, when he left Tottenham so a lot will come down to how keen the player is to make the switch.