By Michael Brown

25th Sep, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Leeds plot 'Special' signing from PL giants who has ex-teammate raving: 'Perfect'

Michael Brown has been left raving as Leeds United plot a raid to re-sign Ross Barkley on loan from Chelsea.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder dropped his first-hand verdict on the 26-year-old having played alongside him at Elland Road.

As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds have set their sights on the Chelsea playmaker as a potential alternative to Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul.

Barkley spent a month on loan at Leeds from Everton back in 2013 and played four times for the Whites.

Brown, who was at Elland Road during that spell, insists the England international would be a superb signing for Marcelo Bielsa.

Brown told Football Insider: “Ross would be returning back, he’s had a taste of it, I played with Ross at Leeds. He’s a fabulous talent, he’s got everything.

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“Over the years he’s matured, he’s got better with his understanding of the game and I think he will be some player if Leeds United can get hold of him.

“He’s a good guy, that would be a real class signing, the quality that Ross has is magnificent, he can be unplayable at times. He’s very likeable, he gets on with everybody, I think he’d be great.

“Everyone understands his talent, as soon as he touches the ball, he’s got that little something special about the way he plays, he’d fit right in, perfect.”

Barkley has played 86 times and scored 11 goals for Chelsea since his move from Everton, with a total of 31 appearances last season.

He has featured in all three of the Blues’ games this campaign, although both of his league outings have come from the substitutes’ bench.

In other news, a northern club have opened talks to sign Leeds United ace who can play defence and midfield.