Official! Ross Barkley joins Chelsea from Everton for £15 million

08 January, 2018, 03:40 | Author: Elena Meyer
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Barkley, who is out of contract at Everton at the end of the season, famously had the chance to join Chelsea in the summer in a £35m deal. Barkley, whose Everton contract was due to end in the summer, is believed to have cost the Premier League champions around £15m.

A repeat of Tottenham, who have also been heavily linked with Barkley, snatching Fernando Llorente at the last minute is not an option.

Just an hour prior to that, Law had tweeted that Chelsea had made a new bid, but with talks "accelerating", there is now a sense that the deal could be done as soon as today (Friday).

"I think with Kante there, Fabregas and Barkley being the runner and joining in, scoring goals from midfield, they'll be a real threat and a good midfield three".

Toffees chief Allardyce has wished the 24-year-old well and is relieved the speculation can now stop.

Barkley scored five goals and recorded eight assists in the Premier League last season as Everton finished seventh in the table.

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A hamstring injury at the beginning of the current campaign has kept him out since August, which means he is eligible to play for Chelsea in all four competitions.

Antonio Conte is quite pleased with the acquisition of Ross Barkley from Everton, hailing the midfielder as one with great potential.

Club director Marina Granovskaia said: "Ross is a player we have long admired and are certain he will prove to be an important player for Chelsea". He's very strong physically, good technique.

"We have to hope to recover him very quickly and have him for the rest of the season". He has good prospects for Chelsea.

Blues chief Conte said: "We are talking about an English player, a young player, with good prospects for Chelsea". I'm back in training, I'm doing everything as normal and I'm very close to being ready to play games. This player has not played in seven months.

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