There are conflicting reports surrounding Rangers apparent pursuit of England international Ross Barkley following his release from Premier League Chelsea.

The former Everton midfielder is now a free agent and Rangers fans have gotten excited at the prospect of the 28-year-old filling that goalscoring number 8 void in the team.

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But as the transfer window slowly ticks closer to shutting, there are some who’re claiming Ross Barkley won’t be moving to Rangers whilst others hint an SPFL switch is on the cards.

This comes after Barkley was released from his reported £110k per week contract at Stamford Bridge [the Sun].

Conflicting reports surround Rangers and Ross Barkley

Journalist Alan Nixon initially broke the story regarding Rangers’ interest in the player, suggesting the Ibrox club were looking into a potential deal for the 33-times capped England star.

This was then backed up by CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs, who claimed Old Firm rivals Celtic and a host of Premier League clubs were looking at Ross Barkley too.

However, now there is some conjecture regarding what happens next with Rangers actually the favourites to land Barkley with the bookmakers.

BBC Scotland journalist Fraser Fletcher has claimed that there is a “general belief” Ross Barkley will wind-up in the SPFL in the coming days, although he is not clear precisely where.

However, for Rangers fans hoping that this will be Ibrox, Sky Sports journalist Andrew Dickson is claiming that a move to blue side of Glasgow “isn’t on the agenda”.

Dickson does however acknowledge the possibility of this changing at the last minute.

Football Scotland are also reporting that Ross Barkley has merely been offered to Rangers by the player’s representation following his Chelsea release.

They claim that it’s not clear if the player is someone Ross Wilson and co are actively pursuing but that the player’s agents are trying to find him a late window move.

This all means that when it comes to Ross Barkley and Rangers, there is nothing concrete either way with the final 48 hours of the window set to decide things one way or the other.

Rangers fans are expectant after Champions League qualification and the club has yet to make any moves since the jackpot associated with the group stage was secured.

Meanwhile, a controversial Rangers Champions League move could recoup up to £9m for the club.

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