BREAKING!!! Chelsea Completes £15m Ross Barkley From Everton

The Blues make their first senior signing of the January transfer window by bringing in the midfielder from Merseyside

Ross Barkley has completed a £15 million move from Everton to Chelsea after talks had failed in the summer transfer window.

Chelsea announced the transfer on Friday, confirming the 24-year-old midfielder had signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

The move was delayed due to Barkley’s hamstring injury, but his improved condition has allowed Chelsea to complete a deal for the England international, who had just six months remaining on his Everton contract.

Barkley was in talks to join Antonio Conte’s side for a reduced price after the Premier League champions had offered double the amount over the summer.

“I’m overwhelmed, I’m looking forward to it and I’m really excited to get started,” Barkley said.

“To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it’s unbelievable for me. I’m looking forward to continuing where I left off at the end of last season and hoping to improve and add more goals to my game.”

Barkley, who will wear the No.8 shirt at Stamford Bridge, has not yet played this season but has scored 21 goals in 150 Premier League appearances since debuting for Everton in 2011.

The playmaker also has two goals in 22 caps for England, having represented the Three Lions at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.

“Ross is a player we have long admired and are certain he will prove to be an important player for Chelsea,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said.

“He possesses outstanding technical and physical attributes, matched with good experience of the Premier League and a strong desire to succeed at the highest level.

“We welcome him to the club and look forward to seeing him in action.”

Barkley joins a Chelsea side that sit third in the Premier League following 22 matches, 16 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

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He’ll be a welcome reinforcement as the Blues continue to compete on four fronts, having advanced to an EFL Cup semi-final against Arsenal and Champions League round of 16 clash with Barcelona.

“We’re talking about an English player, a young player, a good prospect for Chelsea,” Conte said earlier on Friday.

“This is a good opportunity for the club to buy this player… He’s very young, he has a lot of space for improvement. He’s very strong physically and has good technique.

“I repeat, he’s a good prospect, but at the same time it will be very important [that] he recovers from injury.”

Barkley’s career at Everton:

179 games

27 goals

Barkleyin the Premier League:

10660 minutes

85.03% pass accuracy

55.13% dribble success rate

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