Ross Barkley completes Chelsea transfer from Everton

Ross Barkley completes Chelsea transfer from Everton

Barkley, who has been out injured all season, made 150 Premier League appearances for Everton, as well as being named in England squads for both the World Cup and European Championships.

A repeat of Tottenham, who have also been heavily linked with Barkley, snatching Fernando Llorente at the last minute is not an option.

The midfielder will wear the No. 8 shirt for his new club and will soon be available to play first-team football once again, following his lay-off through a hamstring injury sustained in the summer.

Speculation had been rife that Barkley even travelled to Chelsea for a medical only to change his mind at the last moment, news he denied. But that hard work starts now for Barkley - as we have seen with many players, talent is not enough to get you to the top.

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Barkley is still recovering from his long-term injury which has ruled him out for the whole season so far, and Osman says the midfielder must prove his worth when he eventually returns to action. I think that this could be positive because English players understand this league because they grow up in this league. He has good prospects for Chelsea.

Conte had expressed his opinion to the Chelsea hierarchy and left them to do the negotiationsm but has been a big fan of Barkley for a long time. He's very strong physically, good technique.

The England global sealed a £15m transfer to Chelsea to become Antonio Conte's first signing of the January transfer window.

"I think it's a great move for Chelsea and I think it's a great move for him", he told Sky Sports show The Debate. But that's not the case anymore, with Spurs apparently wanting to wait until the end of the season to sign him for free, while Chelsea ready to spend money now. Barkley is in the final six-months of his contract at Everton and will thus leave on the cheap with Everton deciding to cash in rather than losing the player in the summer for nothing.

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