After several transfer windows crowded with rumors regarding Ross Barkley, he finally has left Everton. If Everton had sold Barkley a year ago when he was in his best form of his career they could have received a hefty sum of about £50 million. The club made the horrendous mistake of holding on too long and when the transfer window closed, he was left at a club that he did not want to play for.
The lack of minutes on the pitch greatly decreased Barkley’s market value. That ultimately hurt Everton since Chelsea won over his signature and paid a fee of £15 million, which is a total bargain considering that at a certain point he was worth over £50 million. Everton now more than ever need that money to strengthen a team that is battling relegation after they had sacked their manager Ronald Koeman. The club also saw the departure of their goalscorer Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United and their sensational young center back John Stones to Manchester City.
Barkley joining Chelsea adds depth to a Chelsea squad that in a month will enter the phase of the season where the league cup and Champions League will run at the same time as the Premier League. The addition of Ross Barkley to the squad will permit Antonio Conte an opportunity to perform squad rotations and keep the players rested and healthy to tackle the most difficult stage of the season.
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SOURCE: BBC UK