£15m deal done
The Telegraph, Mail and Times reported yesterday that the reigning champions wanted to move quickly to secure Barkley after a proposed transfer fell through on transfer deadline day.
Barkley was set to join Chelsea in a £35m deal but changed his mind at the eleventh hour, electing instead to stay and recover from the hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the entire season so far.
His decision effectively ended up losing Everton £20m — Chelsea are said to be offering £15m to sign Barkley in the current window rather than risk losing out or a rival club in the summer when he would have been a free agent.
Barkley has been in London this week and underwent a medical, most likely at Chelsea's Chobham training facility, and signed a contract that completes his move away from his boyhood club.
Everton will reportedly receive additional payment from Chelsea should certain appearance-related clauses be triggered.