Chelsea signs Ross Barkley from Everton for $20 mln
By Wang Meng
Ross Barkley will inherit the number eight shirt once worn by Chelsea's record scorer Frank Lampard as the England midfielder signed a five-and-a-half year deal with the Premier League champions. British media are reporting the deal was worth 20 million US dollars (15 million pounds) for a player whose contract was due to expire at the end of the season.
Barkley has been attached to Everton since the age of 11 and went to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship with the England squad.
Barkley had previously turned down a 40-million-US-dollar (30 million pounds) move to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day in August after rejecting a new deal at Everton. The a 24-year-old plays as a central midfielder and faces lots of competition for a place in the shape of N'Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater.
The England international leaves Everton after 13 years at Goodison Park, and has not played this season due to surgery in August for a hamstring injury. Barkley is eligible to play in all four competitions that Chelsea is involved in.
Barkley made 150 Premier League appearances for Everton, scoring 21 goals.