Blackburn Rovers Eye Move for Midfielder Joe Sbarra

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Championship Interest Peaks

Blackburn Rovers are reportedly intensifying their interest in midfielder Joe Sbarra following his departure from Solihull Moors. With keen eyes on his recent performances, the club is believed to be considering a contract offer as they face competition from other English Football League (EFL) teams.

Impressive Play-Off Contributions

Sbarra, 25, has attracted attention after a solid season with the National League team, contributing three goals in 24 appearances. Despite Solihull Moors’ unsuccessful bid for promotion, which ended in a play-off final defeat on penalties to Bromley, Sbarra’s efforts did not go unnoticed, especially with two crucial goals during the play-offs.

Free Transfer Opportunity

With his contract at Solihull Moors coming to an end, Sbarra is now on the market as a free agent. This presents an opportunity for Blackburn Rovers to strengthen their squad without a transfer fee. Sbarra’s four-year stint at Solihull, marked by 32 goals in 132 league appearances, began after his move from Burton Albion in 2020.

Blackburn’s Relegation Battle and Financial Strains

The Rovers have had their own challenges, finishing 19th in the Championship and narrowly avoiding relegation by a mere two points. The club’s financial health has also been a concern, with reported pre-tax losses of £20.9 million and a wage-to-turnover ratio that exceeds sustainable levels.

Transfer Market Competition Heats Up

As Blackburn Rovers prepare a potential offer for Sbarra, they are not alone in their pursuit. Multiple clubs are said to be interested in the midfielder, adding pressure for a swift and competitive bid. The potential departure of Sammie Szmodics, who has attracted interest from teams including Celtic and Brentford, could provide Blackburn with the financial flexibility needed to secure Sbarra’s signature.

Aston Villa Enters the Transfer Fray

In related transfer news, Aston Villa is reportedly entering negotiations to bring Ross Barkley back to the club this summer, adding to the dynamic and ever-shifting transfer market landscape.

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