Chelsea Sign £15m Barkley From Everton, Hand Him No.8 Jersey

Chelsea Sign £15m Barkley From Everton, Hand Him No.8 Jersey

Barkley, who had been with boyhood-club Everton since the age of 11, made a total of 179 appearances for the Toffees, scoring 27 goals in the process.

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.

English football champions Chelsea have signed midfielder Ross Barkley from Everton for a reported fee of around $20 million.

Speaking to Chelsea's website about his 14th signing since taking over the reins of the west London club in 2016, Conte expressed his excitement at Barkley's ability to become an ever better player at Stamford Bridge.

The England worldwide joined the Blues for £15 million on a five-and-a-half year contract, after failing to make a switch in the summer due to hamstring injury. 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'. He can have good prospects for Chelsea. I think the club decided for this investment also for his contract.

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Conte urged caution over expectations for Barkley.

Chelsea were close to landing him in the summer, with the 24-year-old ultimately choosing the stay in Merseyside to complete his rehab from hamstring surgery, but they have now revived their interest with a £15m bid. 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.

"It's a good prospect, but at the same time it will be very important to understand when he can recover from injury, because don't forget he had a bad injury and hasn't been playing for seven months".

"I've [managed teams who have] played against him a couple of times and he's been terrific and killed us on a couple of occasions".

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