Conte welcomes Barkley at Chelsea as Blues announce first January signing

Barkley spent eight years at Everton where he made over 150 appearances for the Toffees

Barkley, who is out of contract at Everton at the end of the season, famously had the chance to join Chelsea in the summer in a £35m deal.

Premier League champions Chelsea have been linked with a shock move for an Everton star as they look to bolster their squad in this transfer window.

Just an hour prior to that, Law had tweeted that Chelsea had made a new bid, but with talks "accelerating", there is now a sense that the deal could be done as soon as today (Friday).

'I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started, ' Barkley told his new club's official website.

The England worldwide joined the Blues for £15 million on a five-and-a-half year contract, after failing to make a switch in the summer due to hamstring injury.

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.

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Many have questioned whether Barkley is good enough, but the fact Chelsea and Tottenham were battling for his signature, suggests that some very good judges in the game believe he is. "He's very young, I think he has a lot of space for improvement, he's very strong physically with good technique".

Conte urged caution over expectations for Barkley.

The 24-year-old was long touted to make a move away from the Merseyside and was delighted after completing his move to Stamford Bridge.

"He's a good prospect but it's very important to understand when he can recover from his injury".

"I've [managed teams who have] played against him a couple of times and he's been terrific and killed us on a couple of occasions". 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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