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Chelsea have announced the signing of Ross Barkley from Everton in a deal understood to be worth £15m.

The 24-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal after completing a medical with Chelsea last night.

Chelsea went back for Barkley after a deadline-day move collapsed last summer. The clubs had agreed a £35m fee and Barkley personal terms with the Premier League champions, only for the player to request more time to consider the deal as he recovered from a serious hamstring injury.

It’s definitely a bargain to sign him for less, and just before the Champions League resumes.

Speaking about the signing, Conte said in his press conference earlier today: “We are talking about an English player, a young player,” the manager said. “He has good prospects for Chelsea. I think the club decided for this investment also for his contract. I think this is a good opportunity for the club to buy this player. For sure he is a good prospect for Chelsea.”

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