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Chelsea sign Ross Barkley for £15m to end 13-year spell at Everton

Premier League champions missed out on the Everton midfielder on transfer deadline day last August despite agreeing a £35m fee

Ross Barkley has officially completed a £15m move from Everton to Chelsea.

The Premier League champions missed out on the Everton midfielder on transfer deadline day last August despite agreeing a £35m fee.


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Ross Barkley penned a lengthy five-and-a-half year contract with the Premier League champions

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Ross Barkley penned a lengthy five-and-a-half year contract with the Premier League champions

The new Chelsea signing will wear the No8 shirt

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The new Chelsea signing will wear the No8 shirt

But they have now landed their man after negotiating a lower fee because Barkley’s contract expired in the summer – when he could have left for free.

He has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal and will wear the No.8 jersey – worn by the likes of Frank Lampard and last by Oscar.

No pressure, Ross.

Speaking of his move, the England midfielder said: “I’m overwhelmed, I’m looking forward to it and I’m really excited to get started.

“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.”

Chelsea believe they landed a bargain paying just £15m for the 24-year-old

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Chelsea believe they landed a bargain paying just £15m for the 24-year-old

Antonio Conte was frustrated with Chelsea’s transfer policy but has been boosted by Barkley’s arrival

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Antonio Conte was frustrated with Chelsea’s transfer policy but has been boosted by Barkley’s arrival

Ross Barkley has missed entire season so far for Everton due to injury

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Ross Barkley has missed entire season so far for Everton due to injury

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has tracked Barkley for some time and said: “He has good prospects for Chelsea.

“I think the club decided for this investment, also for his contract. We are talking about an English player, a young player

“I think this is a good opportunity for the club to buy this player. For sure he is a good prospect for Chelsea.”

Barkley was out of contract at Goodison Park at the end of this season, after rejecting a new deal with the Toffees.

He made 150 Premier League appearances for Everton, scoring 21 goals.


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