20 July 2024

DONE DEAL: Luton Town surprises everyone by signing a former Chelsea star for £30 million.

Ross Barkley has signed for Premier League new boys Luton Town on a free transfer following his release from Ligue 1 side Nice.

Barkley left Nice in the summer

Midfielder started just nine games in Ligue 1

At 29 he boasts 33 caps for England

WHAT HAPPENED? The Hatters have snapped up the former Chelsea man ahead of their Premier League opener against Brighton this weekend on a free transfer. The length of his contract hasn’t been disclosed.

WHAT HE SAID: When asked why Luton, Barkley replied, “I don’t know. A major motivation for me personally to return to the Premier League is the journey from the Conference to the Premier League. Since I’m still rather young, I haven’t played as much as I’d want during the past few years. It’s amazing to be here now because I have a lot to show but I’ve saved a lot of energy and taken care of myself, and I’m ready and motivated.

 

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Despite being only 29 years old, the Liverpudlian already has 232 outings under his belt in the Premier League.WHAT NEXT FOR LUTON? Rob Edwards’ side are set to take on the Seagulls in their first-ever Premier League outing this Saturday at the Amex Stadium.

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