Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley on a long-term deal.
The attacking midfielder joins Chelsea on a five-and-a-half-year-deal until 2023 for a fee believed to be around £15m.
He nearly joined the Premier League champions in the summer however a move was halted in the final moments on the window as Barkley wanted to keep his options open.
In an official statement from the club, 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.”
Club director Marina Granovskaia also commented: “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. We welcome him to the club and look forward to seeing him in action.”
We wish you all the best Ross!