The 28-year-old attacking midfielder has 33 caps for the English national side but hasn’t played for his country since 2019, with Barkley also previously eligible to play with Nigeria through his father.
Now, Chelsea have officially announced the release of the midfielder with journalist Alan Nixon claiming that Rangers are eyeing a move for the player.
Taking to his official Twitter account, Nixon claims that Rangers are looking into a move for Ross Barkley who is now a free-agent.
This comes after Rangers interest in midfielder Nicolas Raskin reportedly ended with Standard Liege’s Belgian U21 international potentially lining up a move to Club Brugge.
The claims have also been repeated by CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs, who claims Rangers interest in Barkley is “genuine” but that the club faces competition from Old Firm rivals Celtic and several Premier League sides for the player’s signature.
Ross Barkley linked to Rangers following Chelsea release
Barkley had found chances at a premium during the last few seasons at Chelsea, making only six Premier League appearances last season, and the club negotiated the player’s release this week.
According to the Sun, Ross Barkley was on a £110k per week contract at Stamford Bridge following his reported £15m move from Everton in January 2018, with the player still having a year to run on his previous deal.
Having come through at Goodison, it was with the Toffees that Ross Barkley initially made his name with the talented midfielder making 179 appearances, scoring 27 goals and laying on 28 assists.
Barkley would then move to Chelsea before spending the 20/21 season on loan at Aston Villa, with the ex-England international making 100 appearances in total for the Blues, scoring 12 goals.