Spurs are out: Chelsea boss Conte confirms Barkley’s move from Everton

Done deal

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has confirmed Ross Barkley will be joining the Blues from Everton in a deal thought to be worth around £15 million.

Barkley is thought to have completed his medical last night, and with the club keen to get him registered as a Chelsea player, there was no messing around this time, with the Blues of course trying and failing to land him last summer on deadline day.

Now, Chelsea may be glad they waited given Barkley’s injury recovery and the reduced price they managed to secure him for.

Standard Sport report he said: “For sure we’re talking about a young player, an English player. He can have good prospects for Chelsea. I think the club decided on this investment also for his contract.

“He’s very young. He has a lot of space for improvement. He’s very strong physically, good technique. He’s a good prospect but at the same time, it will be very important to understand when he can recover from his injury. 
“He had a bad injury and has not played for seven months. We have to hope to recover him very quickly & have him for the rest of the season.” 

Squad

Conte has often spoken about how keen he is to add to his squad, and to get Barkley will certainly provide him with other options in terms of the middle of the park.

Chelsea are expected to bring in other faces this winter, with the forward area a big issue – Alvaro Morata is struggling in front of goal, and it seems that Conte simply does not trust Michy Batshuayi, leading to rumours Andy Carroll could be on their target list as they look for a back up striker.

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With a Champions League tie against Barcelona, Chelsea cannot afford to stall and it seems that Conte knows that and the board finally agree with him.