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.
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 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.