Chelsea complete £15m signing of 'overwhelmed' Barkley from Everton

Chelsea complete £15m signing of 'overwhelmed' Barkley from Everton

Chelsea complete £15m signing of 'overwhelmed' Barkley from Everton

Paul Joyce of The Times reports that the player is closing in on a move to the current Premier League champions for a fee believed to be £15 million.

Premier League champions Chelsea have been linked with a shock move for an Everton star as they look to bolster their squad in this transfer window.

Barkley's future was cast into doubt this past summer after he failed to agree to a new deal at Everton amid the arrivals of Wayne Rooney, Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Barkley has been handed Frank Lampard's no. 8 jersey at Chelsea, and Conte believes he has the potential.

"He has this great opportunity to play in a great club, with ambition and great targets, and also to put yourself in this new challenge".

Barkley told the Chelsea website: "I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started".

Since then, the 24-year-old's value has plummeted - he has yet to play a game this season because of a hamstring injury and he is out of contract in the summer. It is thought he is nearing a return to fitness, while the Telegraph further notes that Barkley has been impressed by Chelsea's persistence. He has good prospects for Chelsea.

Chelsea have completed the £15m signing of Ross Barkley from Everton.

"For sure we're talking about a young player, an English player", said Conte.

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.

Do you think Chelsea need a player like Barkley?

"But I think for Ross at the moment he's got to get fit".

While the reaction from Everton fans was slightly downcast for the transfer of a player who to many was supposed to stay at Merseyside club his whole career.

Conte urged caution over expectations for Barkley.

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