Chelsea complete protracted Barkley signing

Chelsea complete protracted Barkley signing

Defeat to Arsenal in May was the last Toffees appearance for Everton academy graduate Barkley, who made 150 Premier League appearances for the club and scored 21 goals.

The player has been a long-term target for Chelsea, who came close to securing a deal for the player in the summer.

Barkley will become the second English midfielder to join Chelsea this season following Danny Drinkwater's £35m move from Leicester at the very end of the summer transfer window.

Speaking to Chelsea's website about his 14th signing since taking over the reins of the west London club in 2016, Conte expressed his excitement at Barkley's ability to become an ever better player at Stamford Bridge.

"I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started".

"The 24-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and will wear the number 8 shirt". There is hope that Barkley will add versatility in the squad in central midfield, as a No.10 or as a wide player in the front 3, making him the flawless player to fit in Conte's 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 formations.

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Bellerin's late strike prevented Chelsea from reclaiming second pace from Manchester United. He will complete it with the league game against Bournemouth on January 14.

Director Marina Granovskaia added: '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.

Do you think Chelsea need a player like Barkley?

Many have questioned whether Barkley is good enough, but the fact Chelsea and Tottenham were battling for his signature, suggests that some very good judges in the game believe he is.

"But I think for Ross at the moment he's got to get fit". We have to hope to recover him very quickly & have him for the rest of the season'.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce was resigned to losing Barkley - claiming the club gave up on keeping the midfielder before he arrived at Goodison Park.

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