Chelsea has finally completed their widely anticipated first January signing today.
Greennews has earlier reported how Chelsea could snap Ross Barkley today. His move from Everton to Chelsea, the reigning Premier League Champions was eventually announced today.
The 24-year-old England midfielder has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and will wear the number eight shirt.
After the signing, Barkley 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.”
A hamstring injury has kept Barkley out since August, which means he is eligible to play for Chelsea in all four competitions in which they are competing.
Chelsea club director Marina Granovskaia said, “Ross is a player we have long admired and are certain he will prove to be an important player for Chelsea.”
“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.”
Barkley has made 150 Premier League appearances for Everton, scoring 21 goals.
A move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day in August did not materialise, meaning Barkley was available for a cut-price fee, reported to be in the region of £15 million.
Conte earlier declined to address rumours West Ham striker Andy Carroll was a target, saying transfers were not his remit.
He added: “The recruitment is not my job. The club try to do the best for this team, to try to improve this team.”
Barkley’s career at Everton:
Barkleyin the Premier League:
85.03% pass accuracy
55.13% dribble success rate